The Political Economy of Spatially Uneven Internet Development in China
Jun Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
Dr. Jun Zhang is an assistant professor in the Geography Department, National University of Singapore. He received his B.S. and M.S. at Peking University and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 2007. His major research interests include globalization and uneven development, institutional and technological change, and the political economy of China’s market transition.
China’s Internet industry has been developing rapidly from scratch in the past decade. This development is enabled and constrained by a uniquely emerging regulatory regime within China’s broader process of market transition and global integration under the banner of socialism. Under such a hybrid regime with both capitalist and socialist features, a highly spatially-uneven pattern of Internet service provision has been evolving due to the interplay of place-dependence and path-dependence. Such a process of spatial polarization of the Internet sector on the supply side is also intertwined with the same process on its demand side; both are shaped by, and contributing to, the general socio-spatial polarization effects under the hybrid political regime.
Sponsored by the UW China Studies Program and Department of Geography.
Annette R. Bernier
China Studies Program
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
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