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.

왈라스의 책은 권위주의 체제의 생존 메커니즘을 조사하여 중국의 도시-농촌 이주, 도시화 그리고 체제 생존에 관한 통찰을 지정학적 관점에서 제시한다. 그는 중국의 권위주의 체제가 성공적으로 생존할 수 있었을 뿐만 아니라 번창할 수 있었던 것은 도시적 편견의 파우스트적 경매였음을 명백하게 주장한다.


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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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