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The Causes and Consequences of Rapid Urbanisation in an Ethnically Diverse Region

Case study of a county town in Yunnan
Ben Hillman
p. 25-32

Abstract

In contrast with China’s coastal regions, where rural urbanisation has largely been a result of industrialisation, urbanisation in the once predominantly rural towns of the interior is sometimes driven by local government policies. This article focuses on a case study of Zhongdian (Shangri-la), where urbanisation has mainly been driven by tourism. It shows that while the problem of land seizures has been generally less violent in this sparsely populated area of the interior, the urbanisation of this ethnically diverse area of northern Yunnan has generated a distinct set of problems. While local officials have strong incentives to pursue policies that promote urbanisation, they have few incentives to pursue policies that promote equal access to the new economic opportunities that accompany urbanisation.

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Electronic reference

Ben Hillman, « The Causes and Consequences of Rapid Urbanisation in an Ethnically Diverse Region », China Perspectives [Online], 2013/3 | 2013, Online since 01 September 2016, connection on 27 April 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/6244

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Ben Hillman

Ben Hillman teaches comparative politics at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.Crawford School of Public Policy, J.G. Crawford Building, #132 Lennox Crossing, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (ben.hillman@anu.edu.au).

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