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Cities for Profit: The Real Estate Turn in Asia's Urban Politics

Gavin Shatkin


In the past three decades, urban real estate megaprojects—massive, master planned, for profit urban developments—have captured the imagination of politicians and policy-makers across Asia. This book argues that state actors have been major drivers of these transformative projects, and have realized them through increasingly aggressive efforts to reclaim or acquire land, and to transfer land rights to corporate developers. State actors have specifically sought to monetize land as a strategy of state empowerment, a means to generate budget revenue, distribute patronage, and drive economic growth ... More

Keywords: Asian cities, Urban politics, Real estate, Megaprojects, Financialization, Urban planning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501709906
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501709906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin Shatkin, author
Northeastern University