Neoliberal State Intervention and the Power of Community in Urban Regeneration: An Empirical Study of Three Village Redevelopment Projects in Guangzhou, China

Siu Wai Wong, Xingguang Chen, Bo Sin Tang, Jinlong Liu

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A key theme in urban governance research is how neoliberalism reshapes the state–society relationship. Our study on Guangzhou, where urban regeneration through massive redevelopment of “villages-in-the-city” uncovered interactions between the state, market, and community in local governance, contributes to this debate. Based on intensive field research to analyze three projects, we find that what really controls neoliberal growth in China is not simply the authoritarian tradition of the socialist state but also the power of the indigenous village communities. Our findings suggest that state intervention for community building is vital for rebalancing power relations between the state, market, and community.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • community building
  • governance
  • neoliberalism
  • rural society
  • urban regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies

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