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The Multiple Logics of Property Rights Reform in China's Urbanization

The process of urbanization in rural China comes with a few complications. In the Chengdu model, government officials attempting to market land in the clarification process (reinterpretation of property rights to ensure equity of distribution). Local government administrators give directives to municipalities, wherein bureaucrats may muddle with the statistics to reflect the necessary clarification redistribution. In a case study of the Chen Village, the town underwent the clarification process three times, as the bureaucrats and village community officials only pleased the Chengdu Municipal Government "on paper".

The collective logic remains resilient even through the clarification process of land distribution. Over time, the collective mindset started to weaken and allow headway for compensation packages on the individual household level. Needless to say, residents of rural communities are still resistant to the Chengdu model whereby households are emphasized over the village community in the expanding urbanization of rural China. Multiple mindsets conflict with each other, and the collective logic still remains at the base level despite efforts to effect change.

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  1. What can the government officials do to reduce the collective mindset and allow for the institution of urbanization in rural areas?
  2. Do you think village collectives should be subject to urbanization efforts in order to increase economic growth? Or should they be allowed to maintain their traditional methods of land distribution?
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