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Title: Rethinking regional development and spatial inequality : evidence from county-level China
Author: Xu, Man
ISNI:       0000 0004 8499 1752
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2016
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Regional development and spatial inequality in China is an area of research that has attracted considerable scholarly interest, mainly focusing on the implications of development theory and development strategies in this transitional and developing country. In contrast to most previous studies of China's regional development and spatial inequalities based on provincial data, my arguments are drawn from observations on a much finer scale. In this thesis, information at the county scale is employed to fill a gap in the literature on Chinese regional development. In addition, as the majority of previous research has focused on the economic indicators that have had a great influence upon China's regional development and spatial inequality, I explore social, political and ideological, as well as economic, factors in China's transition and transformation. The central aims of my thesis are to understand current spatial regional inequality in China at different scales, to explore the relationship between development and inequality and to explain the factors that cause the inequality underlying China's impressive progress in macro economic development. My thesis identifies and explains spatial inequalities in China at the county scale by using data from more than 2000 counties, focusing on economic, social, political and ideological factors. As well as the quantitative data collected from the official statistical yearbook and documents, my field survey relies on data gathered through focus groups, questionnaires and interviews in five counties in three different provinces. Such data illuminates how local people understand and react to rapid socio- economic development and widening disparities between different groups of people. Through critical analyses of fieldwork data, this fieldwork intends to explain the inequality phenomenon and explore the causes of socio-economic disparities at the county level in China.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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