Jeremy L. Wallace, Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival in China

Yanning Wei

Abstract


Investigating the mechanism of authoritarian regime survival, Wallace’s book provides us with some great insights into the relationship among China’s rural-urban migration, urbanization and regime survival through a geopolitical perspective. He explicitly argues that it is through short-circuiting “the Faustian Bargain of urban bias” (p.121) that not only has the authoritarian regime in China successfully survived but also prospered in the past three decades.

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Chan, K.W. (2009). “The Chinese Hukou System at 50.” Eurasian Geography and Economics. 50(2):197-221.

Whiting, S. H. (2016). Review of Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival in China, by Jeremy L. Wallace and Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Urbanization, by World Bank and Development Research Center of the State Council, PRC. The China Journal, 75, 206-209.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22140/cpar.v8i1.141

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