Monday, December 11, 2017

New Book by Shitong Qiao: Chinese Small Property (CUP)

Chinese Small Property: The Co-Evolution of Law and Social Norms
Shitong Qiao
Cambridge University Press

October 2017, 230 pages
Description: Small property houses provide living space to about eight million migrant workers, office space for start-ups, grassroots police stations and public schools; their contribution to the economic growth and urbanization of a city is immense. The interaction between the small property sector and the formal legal order has a long history and small property has become an established engine of social and legal change. Chinese Small Property presents vivid stories about how institutional entrepreneurs worked together to create an impersonal market outside of the formal legal system to support millions of transactions. Qiao uses an eleven-month fieldwork project in Shenzhen - China's first special economic zone that has grown to a mega city with over fifteen million people - to demonstrate this. A thorough and detailed investigation into small property rights in China, Chinese Small Property is an invaluable source of new information for students and scholars of the field.
  • Investigates a market of informal but prevalent real estate in China known as 'small property', providing new information on this growing phenomenon for scholars and policymakers concerned with land reform and urbanization in developing countries
  • Presents a detailed explanation of law and market transition in China, based on the author's expertise in Chinese law, property law, and law and social norms, offering a unique case study for China scholars in law schools and wider disciplines
  • Proposes a theory of the co-evolution of law and social norms in which social norms bypass laws meaning the interaction mechanism between the fluid law and norms is the focus, which will appeal to property and legal theorists seeking new insights into successful economies such as China

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