Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Introducing Our International Associate Editors: Yue Zhang

Yue Zhang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interest include Comparative Urban Politics and Policy, Urban Governance, Globalization, Urbanization in Developing Countries, Historic Preservation, and Cultural Policy. Dr. Zhang has published in Studies of International Politics, Urban China Review, China Governance Review, The China Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review, among others. Dr. Zhang received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University, and received a Stone Scholar Award in 2010, as well as a Norton Long Young Scholar Award in 2009 from the American Political Science Association's Urban Politics Section .

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Introducing Our International Associate Editors: Jill Tao

Jill L. Tao is currently the first international professor of public administration at Incheon National University in Songdo International City, Republic of Korea.

Her specific areas of research examine the behavior of subnational governments, especially as innovators in political and economic behavior, in addressing issues of a chronic yet pressing nature: poverty, intergenerational sustainability, and resource depletion.  Prof. Tao is especially interested in comparative approaches to analyzing problems of this nature, both within and between nation-states.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Authors' Blog: Extension of State-led Growth Coalition and Grassroots Management: A Case Study of Shanghai

This is an author-produced blog post to introduce upcoming Urban Affairs Review articles. The full article can be found here in OnlineFirst


Departing point of this study
The theories of growth machine and urban regime have constrained explanatory power in social contexts outside the United States, partially because they presume a specific set of sociopolitical conditions in which urban growth coalitions are embedded, and have paid insufficient attention to the relations between macro conditions and growth coalitions (Davies 2003; Lake 1990). This study intends to enhance our understanding of the variation of growth politics in urban settings of transitional societies by paying critical attention to the sociopolitical contexts of growth politics.

It takes Shanghai as a case to explore the forms and dynamics of state-led growth coalition in the residential sector in transitional China. Unlike existing studies of China’s urban growth which concentrate on the planning and decision making of urban development at municipal or district levels, this study pays attention to the management of growth related conflicts, and thus offers a more satisfactory explanation regarding the continuity of urban growth.