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Governing the City in China: The Territorial Imperative

Funding: 2017: $155,000
2018: $146,500
2019: $152,500

Project Member(s): Cartier, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2017

Summary: This project analyses how the Chinese state changes subnational administrative territory - establishing and enlarging cities and eliminating others - to develop regional economies, establish power bases, and govern society. Through development of systematic data on changes to the Chinese administrative divisions, this research will discover how China strategically changes subnational territory to acheive political, economic and social goals - aligning the territorial space of the state with economy and citizenship. Results from new research in four cities will explain how the Chinese Communist Party governs the economy and society while reproducing political authority, yielding crucial information for national security and economic policy.


Cartier, C 2019, '‘From “Special Zones” to Cities and City-Regions in China' in Doucette, J & Park, BG (eds), Developmentalist Cities? Interrogating Urban Developmentalism in East Asia, Brill, Leiden, pp. 196-218.

Cartier, C 2019, 'Exemplary Cities in China: The Capitalist Aesthetic and the Loss of Space', Eurasian Geography and Economics, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 376-399.
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Deng, G & Jeffreys, E 2019, 'Celebrity Philanthropy in China: Reconfiguring Government and Non-Government Roles in National Development', China Quarterly, vol. 237, pp. 217-240.
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Jeffreys, E & Su, G 2018, Governing HIV in China: Commercial Sex, Homosexuality and Rural-to-urban Migration, Routledge, Abingdon.

Cartier, C 2018, ''Magic Cities, Future Dreams—Urban Contradictions'' in Golley, J & Jaivin, L (eds), Prosperity—China Story Yearbook 2017, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 188-205.
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Cartier, C & Hu, D 2018, ''Building Relationships between Cities and Towns in China: The Emerging City System in Chongqing'', RSA Regions e-Zine, vol. 2018, no. 2: Engaging, Exchanging and Impacting: Regional Research for All, pp. 1-10.
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Jeffreys, E & Xu, J 2018, 'Governing China’s Coal Challenge: Changing Public Policy, Debate and Advocacy', Environmental Communication, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 575-588.
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Cartier, C 2017, 'Policing the Borders: Hong Kong Conundrums' in Control, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 238-253.
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Jeffreys, E 2017, 'Entrepreneurs, celebrities and charitable foundations: elite philanthropy in China' in Carrillo, B, Hood, J & Kadetz, P (eds), Handbook of Welfare in China, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 317-337.

Cartier, C 2017, 'Preface to an Interventions Forum on Contextual Urban Theory and The ‘Appeal’ of Gentrification', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 464-465.

Hidalgo Martinez, M & Cartier, C 2017, 'City as province in China: the territorial urbanization of Chongqing', Eurasian Geography and Economics, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 201-230.
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FOR Codes: Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning), Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society, Political Systems