Project without external funding

Governability, Borders and Urban Citizenship: investigating practices and impacts of spatial differentiation on the governance of mega-urban development in the Pearl River Delta.


Project Details
Project duration: 02/200901/2011


Abstract
The research project examines how the drawing of boundaries and differentiated governance are either explicitly or implicitly used to ensure the governability of the large scale, highly dynamic and very diverse mega urban region at the Pearl River Delta in China. Building on a typology of governance modes to be generated in Phase I, the project analyses various types of, in different ways, bounded places of residence and work, this project. Conceptually, the analysis focuses on the identification, characterisation and explanation of processes of spatial inclusion and exclusion and of different forms and degrees of informality and self-organisation tolerated or even encouraged in different geographical units. The understanding of boundary-drawing, spatial differentiation of governance and its social impact will be gained from "top-down" and "bottom-up" investigations. This thorough analysis will contribute not only to the understanding of governance and social development in transitional China but crucially to the general issue of governability of mega urban regions.

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