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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Zhengzhou is one of the fastest growing cities in China, but has attracted comparatively little international attention. This paper charts the contemporary transformation of Zhengzhou and highlights some of the challenges that arise from its recent growth. It demonstrates the rise of Zhengzhou from small town to megacity. This transformation has occurred in less than seven decades with Zhengzhou benefiting from its geographic importance and its position as a provincial capital in China's hierarchical system of government. While western accounts typically focus on the role of market forces and agglomeration economies in explaining the rise of megacities, we show the role of political decisions in explaining the growth of Zhengzhou as an international centre for manufacturing, commerce and logistics. The paper concludes that innovation and reform in regional governance, particularly to deal with emerging challenges, are necessary, if it is to develop a well-functioning megacity.
Author(s): Wang X, Tomaney J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Print publication date: 01/01/2019
Online publication date: 03/08/2018
Acceptance date: 30/07/2018
Date deposited: 24/08/2018
ISSN (print): 0264-2751
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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