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The Great Urban TransformationPolitics of Land and Property in China$
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You-tien Hsing

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568048.001.0001

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Township Governments as Brokers of Power and Property

Township Governments as Brokers of Power and Property

(p.155) Chapter 6 Township Governments as Brokers of Power and Property
The Great Urban Transformation

You‐tien Hsing (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter 6 moves to the third type of place examined in this book, the rural edge of the metropolitan region, where the influence of the metropolitan government gives way to low‐ranking township governments exercising informal power over rural land. Acting as power and property brokers between the state bureaucracy and peasants, township leaders try to avoid scrutiny from above while intensifying downward control over village land to develop illegal industrial, commercial, and residential projects. Townships' power and property brokerage is exemplified by their issuing of homeownership certificates that attract buyers of affordable homes but are not recognized by the state. Townships' limited formal power is secured through construction projects and expanded through the operation of the black market for property.

Keywords:   townships, village leadership, rural cadres, rural land, power broker, state bureaucracy, industrial parks, power decentralization and reconcentration

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