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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 393; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020393

Rural Renewal of China in the Context of Rural-Urban Integration: Governance Fit and Performance Differences

Department of Land Management, Zhejiang University, Yuhangtang Road, 866, Hangzhou 310058, China
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Received: 10 January 2018 / Revised: 26 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 2 February 2018
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Abstract

In recent years, rural-urban integrated development has become a vital national strategy in China. In this context, many regions have implemented rural renewal projects to enhance the vitality and development of rural areas. The objective of this study is to reveal the reasons why different rural renewal modes have emerged in contemporary China and assess their ability to facilitate rural-urban integration. An analytical framework, the Institution of Sustainability (IoS) and a comparative analysis of two cases are used for the rural renewal evaluation. Our findings indicate that the properties of transactions and the characteristics of the actors involved jointly determine the governance structures of rural renewal. Furthermore, different governance structures contribute to performance differences, particularly differences in the physical outcomes, distribution effects and process efficiency. Finally, we suggest relevant policy recommendations. View Full-Text
Keywords: rural renewal; rural-urban integration; institutional analysis; governance structure; China rural renewal; rural-urban integration; institutional analysis; governance structure; China
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