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Waste No Land: Property, Dignity and Growth in Urbanizing China


Eva Pils


Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

2009


Abstract:     
The Chinese state does not allow rural collectives to sell land, but takes land from them and makes it available on the urban property market. While rural land rights are thus easily obliterated, the newly created urban rights in what used to be rural land enjoy legal protection. The state justifies these land takings by the need for urbanization and economic growth. The takings have resulted in an impressive contribution of the construction and property sector to state revenue and GDP growth, but also in unfairness toward peasants evicted from their land and homes. The example discussed here shows that certain economic theories of property rights are consistent with discrimination and should therefore be rejected. A further conclusion is that we must reconsider the claim that property rights are desirable because they serve economic growth. The discussion here contributes to an understanding of property in terms of dignity, rather than wealth.

Keywords: China, land rights, property, economic growth, urbanisation, dignity

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Date posted: March 25, 2010  

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Pils, Eva, Waste No Land: Property, Dignity and Growth in Urbanizing China (2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1564168

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Eva Pils (Contact Author)
Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London ( email )
Somerset House East Wing
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London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom
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