Dealing with Different Types of Chinese “Nail Households”: How Housing Demolition-Induced Disputes Were Settled in Urban China

  • Chen Li University of Melbourne
  • Mark Wang University of Melbourne
  • Jennifer Day University of Melbourne
Keywords: Urban Demolition, Disputes, Stakeholders, Bargaining Powers, Resolutions


Extensive construction works that have been operating in every corner of China’s urban areas lead to substantial issues. The disputes induced by housing demolition are increasing dramatically in urban China and significantly threaten stability of Chinese society. This drives the need to better resolve these disputes, so as to reduce its severe impacts to the country in the future. Different from previous researches on housing demolition-induced disputes in urban China, this paper seeks to understand the forces that compel certain types of resolution of housing demolition-induced disputes in a project based case study in Dalian. The paper has identified four different demolition-induced disputes with different features. By comparing and analysing these resolutions, this paper offers some important implications for resolution of housing demolition-induced disputes in urban China.


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