This book investigates uneven regional development in China – with particular focus on the cases of Guangdong and Zheijiang provinces – which have been at the forefront of debate since Chinese economic reform.

Rapid economic growth since the ‘opening-up’ of China has been accompanied by significant disparities in the regional distribution of income: this book represents one of the most recent studies to present a picture of this inequality. Built upon a multi-scale and multi-mechanism framework, it provides systematic examination of both the patterns and mechanisms of regional development and inequality in provincial China, emphasizing the effects of economic transition. Approaching from a geographical perspective, its authors consider the interplay between the local, the state, and the global forces in shaping the landscape of regional inequality in China. Extensive empirical findings will prove useful to those researching other developing countries within the frontier of globalization and economic transition.

Regional Inequality in Transitional China will appeal to scholars and students of geography, economics and Chinese studies more broadly.

1. Introduction  2. Literature Review and Analytical Framework  3. Multi-scalar patterns of regional inequality  4. Provincial dynamics and multi-mechanism process of regional inequality  5. Patterns of regional inequality in Guangdong Province  6. Mechanisms of uneven development in Guangdong  7. Regional inequality in Zhejiang Province  8. Conclusion