Economic clusters: A bridge between economic and spatial policies in the case of Beijing

Zhenshan Yang, Pu HAO*, Jianming Cai

*Corresponding author for this work

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Economic clusters have been recognised as important elements of urban and regional economic strategies, but their role in spatial planning is under-appreciated. This paper examines the initiatives and outcomes of economic clusters in relation to urban spatial planning in the periods of planned and market economies in China. Through an examination of the planning and development practices in Beijing, the effect of economic clusters in facilitating local growth and shaping urban spatial structure is revealed. The significance of economic clusters in achieving synergy between economic and spatial policies is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-185
Number of pages15
Issue numberPB
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • Economic cluster
  • Spatial approach
  • Spatial-economic policy
  • Spatial-economic space
  • Urban planning


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