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Sebastian Schulz describes how the decentralisation of planning responsibility without fiscal powers to Shanghai's districts is not creating the polycentric city hoped for, but rather is encouraging them to undermine the sustainability of the master plan by overdeveloping their territories in all directions.

Sebastian Schulz meets the informal street vendors and motorcycle taxi drivers of Shanghai and learns how they face daily discrimination at the hands of local police and the hukou household registration system.

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