Qianqi Shen wins Best Student Paper Award from IACP/ACSP

September 4, 2015
Qianqi Shen, who received her PhD from the Bloustein School last spring, has been selected to receive the IACP/ACSP Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award for 2015 from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and the International Association for China Planning. The award includes a cash prize and covers registration fees to attend the ACSP conference in Houston in October 2015.

Shen’s paper examines the respective roles of central and local government officials, institutions in affecting the establishment, design, and implementation of the new development zones. It tackles the issues from a political economy perspective by focusing on the intergovernmental relations at the subnational level and employs the Special Economic Zone policy as an example and studies its implementation in three case study areas in China, including Tianjin, Guangzhou Development Zone, and Nasha District in Guangzhou. It develops the concept of negotiating governance and concludes that the different intergovernmental negotiation relationships have led to different outcomes of subnational development. It contributes to the recent developments in geographic theory regarding the social and political construction of geographic scale and the dynamics of central-local governmental relations.


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