In China’s new round opening-up characterized by westward connection, many landlocked cities have launched strategic mega-projects to enhance local competitiveness in general and to enhance industrial development in particular. To address the dual constraints on institutional and operational capacity in enabling the mega-projects, local state entrepreneurialism becomes a popular approach. As a successful predecessor, Chongqing has built a remarkable export-oriented laptop manufacturing agglomeration over a short period through entrepreneurially pursuing three mega-projects: Yu-Xin-Europe International Railway, Xiyong Export Processing Zone, and supply-chain-based production cluster.
How has Chongqing Municipal Government (CMG) strategically acquired the authorities from central government to enable the trans-jurisdictional mega-projects? How has CMG’s governance restructured internally to advance the implementation? Whether the strategies and practices adopted by CMG a replicable model for other cities? Drawing on a municipal government-centered approach, this research on one hand examines the detailed operations of governance refiguring among multi-level governments as well as between public-private divisions; and one the other hand, critically investigates the significance of CMG as a municipality in both hierarchical and horizontal governance recasting process. Theoretically, the study aims to broaden the conceptual framework of local state entrepreneurialism by investigating the vertical central-local interactions. Empirically, the study contrives to shed light on the applicability and variations when applying the strategies, policies and practices embraced by Chongqing and to provide operational recommendations for other cities to entrepreneurially pursue their mega-projects.
About the Speaker:
Mr. CHEN Shouqiang is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, the University of Hong Kong. Before joining the department, he received his master degree of Human Geography from Chinese Academy of Sciences and the bachelor degree of Economic Geography from Sun Yat-Sen University in China. His research interests focus on urban entrepreneurialism, industrial geography and urban agglomeration.
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