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Title: Administrative reclassification and neighborhood governance in urbanizing China
Authors: Chen, J 
Kan, K 
Davis, DS
Issue Date: Nov-2021
Source: Cities, Nov. 2021, v. 118, 103386
Abstract: Before the economic reforms, the Chinese state relied on mutually exclusive hierarchies within and between rural and urban governance at the subnational level to structure administration, organize populations, and exert political authority. Other than spatial restructuring and population transformation, urbanization in China also involves rural-to-urban administrative reclassification of territories. Drawing on a 2018 national survey conducted in 40 townships, this article addresses how administrative reclassification has produced transitional neighborhoods with varied modes of governance and distinctive patterns of help-seeking among residents. The empirical data indicate that, even after completion of the rural-to-urban administrative reclassification at the township or county level, many rural villages have not been well incorporated into the urban administrative system. Although the number of reported neighborhood problems increased, respondents residing in reclassified areas were less willing to seek help from the villagers’ or residents’ committees than those residing in locations that faced no administrative change. Some residents turned to property management whereas others attempted to bring the issues directly to higher levels of local government. Viewed through the territorial logic that has long characterized local governance in China, the research raises questions about the impact of administrative reclassification on neighborhood governance as urbanization continues.
Keywords: Administrative reclassification
China
Neighborhood governance
Survey
Urbanization
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Journal: Cities 
ISSN: 0264-2751
EISSN: 1873-6084
DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2021.103386
Rights: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
The following publication Juan Chen, Karita Kan, Deborah S. Davis, Administrative reclassification and neighborhood governance in urbanizing China, Cities 2021, Volume 118, 103386 is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103386
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