Informal Elements in Urban Growth Regulation in China - Urban Villages in Ningbo


Qi Changqing, Volker Kreibich, Sabine Baumgart

Publication date: 

Monday, 2 April 2007


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The article sets out to describe and understand the informal elements of urban growth in the light of uncoordinated and even contradicting political aims and administrative regulations on the national, provincial and municipal levels in contemporary China Based on a representative survey of two urban villages in the booming city of Ningbo, the socio-economic characteristics of migrants and their position on the urban housing market are related to their precarious residential status. The changing perceptions and attitudes of local politicians and administrators are explored with reference to new directives issued by central government.