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Explaining Land Use Change in a Guangdong County: The Supply Side of the Story*

  • Yew Chiew Ping (a1)

The conversion of land to non-agricultural use in China has often been attributed to the demand for land arising from urbanization, that is, a growing urban population and the shift from agricultural to industrial activity. With a focus on Sihui 四会, a county in Guangdong, this study explains land use conversion from an alternative perspective: by looking at the supply of agricultural land for conversion and what determines this supply. It gives precedence to the role of the central actors in the process – local officials – and suggests that the extent to which agricultural land is converted for non-agricultural purposes is determined by an array of structural and agential factors, including the fiscal and land resources at the disposal of local officials, the incentive structure and macro-processes which influence their decision.

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George C. S. Lin and Samuel P. S. Ho , “China's land resources and land-use change: insights from the 1996 land survey,” Land Use Policy, No. 20 (2003), p. 97

George E. Peterson , “Land leasing and land sale as an infrastructure-financing option,” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, No. 4043 (2006)

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The China Quarterly
  • ISSN: 0305-7410
  • EISSN: 1468-2648
  • URL: /core/journals/china-quarterly
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