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China S Urban Billion

Author : Tom Miller
ISBN : 9781780321448
Genre : Social Science
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By 2030, China's cities will be home to 1 billion people - one in every eight people on earth. What kind of lives will China's urban billion lead? And what will China's cities be like? Over the past thirty years, China's urban population expanded by 500 million people, and is on track to swell by a further 300 million by 2030. Hundreds of millions of these new urban residents are rural migrants, who lead second-class lives without access to urban benefits. Even those lucky citizens who live in modern tower blocks must put up with clogged roads, polluted skies and cityscapes of unremitting ugliness. The rapid expansion of urban China is astonishing, but new policies are urgently needed to create healthier cities. Combining on-the-ground reportage and up-to-date research, this pivotal book explains why China has failed to reap many of the economic and social benefits of urbanization, and suggests how these problems can be resolved. If its leaders get urbanization right, China will surpass the United States and cement its position as the world's largest economy. But if they get it wrong, China could spend the next twenty years languishing in middle-income torpor, its cities pockmarked by giant slums.

Poverty Reduction Policies And Practices In Developing Asia

Author : Almas Heshmati
ISBN : 9789812874207
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book looks at the major policy challenges facing developing Asia and how the region sustains rapid economic growth to reduce multidimensional poverty through socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable measures. Asia is facing many challenges arising from population growth, rapid urbanization, provision of services, climate change and the need to redress declining growth after the global financial crisis. This book examines poverty and related issues and aims to advance the development of new tools and measurement of multidimensional poverty and poverty reduction policy analysis. The book covers a wide range of issues, including determinants and causes of poverty and its changes; consequences and impacts of poverty on human capital formation, growth and consumption; assessment of poverty strategies and policies; the role of government, NGOs and other institutions in poverty reduction; rural-urban migration and poverty; vulnerability to poverty; breakdown of poverty into chronic and transitory components; and a comparative study on poverty issues in Asia and other regions. The book will appeal to all those interested in economic development, resources, policies and economic welfare and growth.

China S Economy

Author : Arthur R. Kroeber
ISBN : 9780190239046
Genre : Business & Economics
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China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® is a concise introduction to the most astonishing economic growth story of the last three decades. In the 1980s China was an impoverished backwater, struggling to escape the political turmoil and economic mismanagement of the Mao era. Today it is the world's second biggest economy, the largest manufacturing and trading nation, the consumer of half the world's steel and coal, the biggest source of international tourists, and one of the most influential investors in developing countries from southeast Asia to Africa to Latin America. China's growth has lifted 700 million people out of poverty. It has also created a monumental environmental mess, with smog-blanketed cities and carbon emissions that are a leading cause of climate change. Multinational companies make billions of dollars in profits in China each year, but traders around the world shudder at every gyration of the country's unruly stock markets. Most surprising of all, its capitalist economy is governed by an authoritarian Communist Party that shows no sign of loosening its grip. How did China grow so fast for so long? Can it keep growing and still solve its problems of environmental damage, fast-rising debt and rampant corruption? How long can its vibrant economy co-exist with the repressive one-party state? What do China's changes mean for the rest of the world? China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® answers these questions in straightforward language that you don't need to be an economist to understand, but with a wealth of detail drawn from academic research, interviews with dozens of company executives and policy makers, and a quarter-century of personal experience. Whether you're doing business in China, negotiating with its government officials, or a student trying to navigate the complexities of this fascinating and diverse country, this is the one book that will tell you everything you need to know about how China works, where it came from and where it's going.

China S Urban Revolution

Author : Austin Williams
ISBN : 9781350003231
Genre : Architecture
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By 2025, China will have built fifteen new 'supercities' each with 25 million inhabitants. It will have created 250 'Eco-cities' as well: clean, green, car-free, people-friendly, high-tech urban centres. From the edge of an impending eco-catastrophe, we are arguably witnessing history's greatest environmental turnaround - an urban experiment that may provide valuable lessons for cities worldwide. Whether or not we choose to believe the hype – there is little doubt that this is an experiment that needs unpicking, understanding, and learning from. Austin Williams, The Architectural Review's China correspondent, explores the progress and perils of China's vast eco-city program, describing the complexities which emerge in the race to balance the environment with industrialisation, quality with quantity, and the liberty of the individual with the authority of the Chinese state. Lifting the lid on the economic and social realities of the Chinese blueprint for eco-modernisation, Williams tells the story of China's rise, and reveals the pragmatic, political and economic motives that lurk behind the successes and failures of its eco-cities. Will these new kinds of urban developments be good, humane, healthy places? Can China find a 'third way' in which humanity, nature, economic growth and sustainability are reconciled? And what lessons can we learn for our own vision of the urban future? This is a timely and readable account which explores a range of themes – environmental, political, cultural and architectural – to show how the eco-city program sheds fascinating light on contemporary Chinese society, and provides a lens through which to view the politics of sustainability closer to home.

Cities Are Good For You

Author : Leo Hollis
ISBN : 9781408826638
Genre : Social Science
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The 21st century will be the age of the city. Already over 50% of the world population live in urban centres and over the coming decades this percentage will increase. Blending anecdote, fact and first hand encounters - from exploring the slums of Mumbai, to visiting roof-top farms in Brooklyn and attending secret dinner parties in Paris, to riding the bus in Latin America - Leo Hollis reveals that we have misunderstood how cities work for too long. Upending long-held assumptions and challenging accepted wisdom, he explores: why cities can never be rational, organised places; how we can walk in a crowd without bumping into people, and if we can design places that make people want to kiss; whether we have the right solution to the problem of the slums; how ants, slime mould and traffic jams can make us rethink congestion. And above all, the unexpected reasons why living in the city can make us fitter, richer, smarter, greener, more creative - and, perhaps, even happier. Cities Are Good for You introduces dreamers, planners, revolutionaries, writers, scientists, architects, slum-dwellers and emperors. It is shaped by the idea that cities are the greatest social experiment in human history, built for people, and by the people.

Economic Transitions With Chinese Characteristics

Author : Arthur Sweetman
ISBN : UOM:39015078783837
Genre : Business & Economics
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Economic Transitions with Chinese Characteristics: Social Change During Thirty Years of Reformexplores a broad set of issues from an economic perspective. It addresses issues ranging from land tenure and housing to migration, labour markets, healthcare, demographics, and more. After 30 years of incredibly rapid economic growth, standards of living in China have increased appreciably and many families have been raised from poverty. New concerns, such as economic inequality and environmental degradation, are, however, arising. Economic issues related to China's reforms are explored in an accessible manner by a wide array of Chinese and international scholars who use this anniversary to take stock of, and provide insight into, the remarkable transitions underway.Contributorsinclude Bruce Anderson (Queen's University), Gordon Betcherman (World Bank), John Cai (Fudan University), Jie Chen (Fudan University), Zhao Chen (Fudan University), Weili Ding (Queen's University), Julan Du (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Peilei Fan (Michigan State University), Emily M. Hill (Queen's University), Gary H. Jefferson (Brandeis University), Stever F. Lehrer (Queen's University), Shuzhuo Li (Xi'an Jiaotong University), Xiaofeng Liu (Fudan University), Ming Lu (Fudan University), Changyuan Luo (Fudan University), Warren Mabee (Queen's University), John Meligrana (Queen's University), Stephen Morgan (University of Nottingham), Naoki Murakami (Nihon University), Wenwei Ren (Fudan University), Ana Revenga (World Bank), Yucheng Sang (Fudan University), Christoph M. Schimmele (University of Victoria), Arthur Sweetman (Queen's University), Minna Hahn Tong (World Bank), Guanghua Wan (Yunnan University), Yongqin Wang (Fudan University), Kailei Wei (Hainan University), Guanzhong James Wen (Trinity College), Sonia M.L. Wong (Lingnan University), Zheng Wu (University of Victoria), Rudai Yand (Peking University), Shujie Yao (University of Nottingham), Yang Yao (Peking University), Linda C.W. Yung (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Jun Zhang (Fudan University), Yan Zhang (Fudan University), Ye Zhang (Nanjing University), Yuan Zhang (Fudan University), and Zhiyao Zhang (Fudan University)

Chinas Limited Urbanization

Author : Li Zhang
ISBN : 159033910X
Genre : Social Science
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Under-urbanisation, defined as the achievement of a high industrial growth without a parallel growth of urban population, is one of the profound features of socialist development. Under-urbanisation in China, in effect, represents a seriously distorted relationship between urbanisation process and economic development as conventionally understood on the basis of well-documented Western experience. In an attempt to theorise the Chinese urbanisation experience, scholars often treat it simply as a by-product of restricted migration policies driven by the overall strategy of industrialisation. In contrast to the thrust of the extant influential literature on urbanisation in the context of socialist economies, where industrialisation strategies alone are taken as fundamental in explaining what we find evolving through time, this book has focused, rather, on systemic characteristics that have not received the thorough treatment already given the strategies of industrialisation. From a perspective of political economy to analyse the impacts of economic system requirements on urbanisation, this study argues that the root cause of Chinese under-urbanisation is systemic, in which state controls and the state-biased nature play a decisive role.

China In Oceania

Author : Terence Wesley-Smith
ISBN : 0866382100
Genre : Political Science
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Pacific Affairs

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ISBN : UCSD:31822007220478
Genre : Pan-Pacific relations
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Migration Development And Poverty Reduction In Asia

Author : International Organization for Migration
ISBN : STANFORD:36105121999184
Genre : Business & Economics
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This publication contains background papers and presentations made for an IOM regional conference, held in Lanzhou, China in March 2005, to discuss internal migration and its effects on the development of Asian countries, focusing on the contribution that internal migrants make to local and national development, including poverty reduction, and how this can be complemented by strategies to reduce the risks of migration for poor people.

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