Strategic urban management in China: A case study of Guangzhou Development District

Siu Wai Wong, Bo sin Tang, Basil van Horen

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While the importance of urban management in achieving sustainable urban development is increasingly recognised as being significant by urban managers and the general public, there is still a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding in China about the substance of urban management, which impedes effective implementation. This paper examines some of the problems encountered in urban management practice in Chinese cities, and highlights the importance of a holistic conceptual understanding, and a strategic model for enhancing urban management capacities in the Chinese context. Focusing on a case study of Guangzhou Development District (GDD), the paper demonstrates that the application of a set of measurable evaluative criteria for assessing urban management performance is useful in improving urban management practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-667
Number of pages23
JournalHabitat International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Planning
  • Strategic urban management
  • Urban development
  • Urbanisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies


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