The policy and praxis of compensation for land expropriations in China: An appraisal from the perspective of social exclusion

Chi Man Hui, Hai Jun Bao, Xiao Ling Zhang

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Land acquisition and the subsequent issues incurred have recently become a prominent social issue in China. Aiming to proffer a more in-depth understanding of this unique land-use procedure (in comparison to that in European nations such as the Netherlands and Germany), this paper first reviews the evolvement of land acquisition policies since the introduction of the Open-Door Policy in the late 1970s, and assesses the impact of these policies on land-lost farmers from the perspective of social exclusion. The major findings are: (1) although existing policies on land acquisition, particularly in terms of compensation, have been gradually improved in nominal terms, land-lost farmers are still subjected to various forms of exclusion in the society; (2) the central government should consider revising the existing measures regarding social security, and introduce other supplementary policies that help enhance their competitiveness in the labour market (such as occupational training) and discourage the cultural, psychological, and social network exclusions, in the backdrop of rural-urban disparity in order to address the potential social issues caused by the influx of land-lost farmers in the cities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-316
Number of pages8
JournalLand Use Policy
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


  • Compensation policy
  • Land use
  • Land-lost farmers
  • Social exclusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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