Legal Geographies - Governing Through Law: Rights-Based Conflicts And Property Development In Shanghai

Bellwether Publ Ltd
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Urban Geography, 2010, 31 (7), pp. 973 - 987
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This article examines recent legislation on the mandatory practice of government adjudication and its impacts on community residents legal challenges to chaiqian (demolition and relocation) in Shanghai. In recent years, rights-based grievances over community displacement have become a major source of social conflict in urban China. The new legislation represents the Chinese states efforts to establish a law-based model through which to govern an increasingly rights-conscious society. It is argued that the mandatory practice of government adjudication has smoothed out the conflict-laden property development process by establishing a legalized channel for affected residents to express their claims of rights and interests. Yet, at the same time, legislative practice has also reinforced the governments control in defining social interests to which residents individual rights are subordinate.
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