About the Topic
Land acquisition in India and China since the late 1980s has been theorised into an ideal model, the compulsory development, which highlights the extremely active role of the state and its compulsory measures towards land acquisition in both countries for achieving the commitment of development. As a developmental state, either state in both cases acts as the land use planner, regulation maker in the land administration, as well as the major land developer and the monopolistic player in the land market, while at the same time it extracts high proportion of revenue from land development projects, which is realised through a compulsory land acquisition despite of the numerous flaws of the land acquisition institutions. The compulsory development as we term is a key feature in political economy of land acquisition in both countries. It provides an ideal model to penetrate through the dense fog of hybrid phenomena of land acquisition in these two largest developing societies, and to develop a systematic analysis towards land acquisition, or even development in both countries. As the beginning of this research, in this talk, we focus only on the theoretical model of this compulsory development, including its definition, characteristics, and the diverse variations.
About the Speaker
Dr Huang Yinghong is an Associate Professor of the School of International Relations at Sun Yat-sen University, China. He received his BA from Xiamen University and MA & PhD from Sun Yat-sen University. He was previously a senior visiting scholar at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore (2014), and a visiting scholar at Jadavpur University (2015), Delhi University (2008 & 2011), and the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi (2013). He also served as an emerging scholar at the India-China Institute of The New School (2014). His scholarly interests include Gandhian Satyagraha, comparative political studies of India and China, and the boundary dispute between India and China. His recent publications include a book entitled The Politics to Convert Opponent: A case study of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha Fastings (in Chinese), and several academic articles. He is currently focusing on a project on “land acquisition and development in India and China” in Harvard Yenching Institute.
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