Geographical Review of Japan
Online ISSN : 2185-1727
Print ISSN : 1347-9555
ISSN-L : 1347-9555
On the Impact of the Changes of Social Ideology and Institutions on Land Use in China since the 1950s
Qi LUPeilin WUGuoxia WANGJinyan ZHAN
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2004 Volume 77 Issue 12 Pages 813-826


The impact of social and institutional changes on land resource use is an important component of the driving force of land use/cover changes. This paper primarily studies the characteristics and impacts of social and institutional changes on the use of land resources in China since the 1950s, which have played an important role in land use and land cover changes, but have not been studied enough by Chinese researchers in this field. Through discussion of the relation between social institution changes, changes of land resource management institutions and their impact on the changes of land resources, we identify and discuss the close connection between macro social ideology, institution and policy changes, and land use/cover changes in the context of China over the last 50 years, and establish the explanation and framework to illustrate the relationships and the phenomena.

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