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Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival in China

Jeremy Wallace


Cities bring together masses of people, allow them to communicate and hide, and transform private grievances into political causes, often erupting in urban protests that can destroy regimes. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has shaped urbanization via migration restrictions and redistributive policy since 1949 in ways that help account for the regime’s endurance, China’s surprising comparative lack of slums, and its curious moves away from urban bias over the past decade. Cities and Stability details the threats that cities pose for authoritarian regimes, regime responses to those threats, an ... More

Keywords: Book Cities, urban bias, Faustian bargain, authoritarian regime survival, migration restrictions, Chinese Communist Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199378982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Wallace, author
Ohio State University