PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (7): 1167-1180.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2021.07.008

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The influence of institution on the spatial evolution of manufacturing industry in metropolitan areas: A case study of Changsha City

LUO Chen(), ZHENG Bohong*(), LIU Linlin   

  1. School of Architecture and Art, Central South University, Changsha 410075, China
  • Received:2020-11-04 Revised:2021-03-04 Online:2021-07-28 Published:2021-09-28
  • Contact: ZHENG Bohong;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(51478470)


Since the economic reform and opening up in the late 1970s, with the continuous deepening of institutional change, manufacturing industry in Changsha City has achieved rapid growth and development, and manufacturing space has also been reconstructed in the transformation. Taking Changsha City as an example, based on a quantitative analysis of industrial land vector data, and using spatial analysis, measurement index, and other research methods and incorporating the institutional changes into the dynamic analysis of urban manufacturing industry, this study explored the influence of institutional changes on the spatial evolution of manufacturing industry since the reform and opening up in 1978. It proposed an analytical framework for the evolution of manufacturing space under the influence of the institutional system. The results show that the suburbanization of the manufacturing space in the Changsha metropolitan area was obvious, and industrial clusters have been formed in the development zone. The spatial evolution of manufacturing industry in Changsha was largely affected by land policies, development zone policies, environmental protection policies, and industrial policies. Among them, the land policies accelerated the suburbanization of manufacturing space; the development zone policies attracted agglomeration of manufacturing industrial parks; the environmental protection policies restricted the scale of manufacturing development and promoted the outward migration of polluting enterprises; and the industrial policies affected the organizational structure of the manufacturing industry.

Key words: reform and opening up, institutional system, manufacturing space, industrial agglomeration, metropolitan area, Changsha