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Article: Participatory governance in China: Analysing state-society relations in participatory initiatives in Suzhou

TitleParticipatory governance in China: Analysing state-society relations in participatory initiatives in Suzhou
Authors
KeywordsChina
Community planning
State-society relations
Participatory governance
Community development
NGO
Issue Date2019
PublisherLiverpool University Press. The Journal's web site is located at https://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/idpr
Citation
International Development Planning Review, 2019 How to Cite?
AbstractParticipatory governance has been increasingly promoted in China since 2006. Whilst the state appears to be supportive of nurturing self-governance at the community level through providing financial incentives, it is worth investigating whether the state hampers citizen autonomy in practice. This article examines the implementation of participatory initiatives in a middle-class neighbourhood within the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Through interviews and observing the interactions between state actors, residents and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), this paper examines the impact of changing the facilitator of self-governance initiatives from academics to NGOs. The findings reveal complex relations: although the state does not interfere in participatory processes directly, state-defined evaluation criteria that privilege ‘innovative’ practices, and budget constraints of NGOs, have weakened the capacity of residents to practise self-governance. The findings add to the literature on participatory governance by highlighting the unique role of community leaders in shaping the quality of citizen involvement in participatory initiatives in China.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/266517
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 1.738
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.573

 

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dc.contributor.authorChang, Y-
dc.contributor.authorLau, MHM-
dc.contributor.authorCalogero, P-
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-18T08:21:15Z-
dc.date.available2019-01-18T08:21:15Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Development Planning Review, 2019-
dc.identifier.issn1474-6743-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/266517-
dc.description.abstractParticipatory governance has been increasingly promoted in China since 2006. Whilst the state appears to be supportive of nurturing self-governance at the community level through providing financial incentives, it is worth investigating whether the state hampers citizen autonomy in practice. This article examines the implementation of participatory initiatives in a middle-class neighbourhood within the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Through interviews and observing the interactions between state actors, residents and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), this paper examines the impact of changing the facilitator of self-governance initiatives from academics to NGOs. The findings reveal complex relations: although the state does not interfere in participatory processes directly, state-defined evaluation criteria that privilege ‘innovative’ practices, and budget constraints of NGOs, have weakened the capacity of residents to practise self-governance. The findings add to the literature on participatory governance by highlighting the unique role of community leaders in shaping the quality of citizen involvement in participatory initiatives in China.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherLiverpool University Press. The Journal's web site is located at https://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/idpr-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Development Planning Review-
dc.rightsInternational Development Planning Review. Copyright © Liverpool University Press.-
dc.subjectChina-
dc.subjectCommunity planning-
dc.subjectState-society relations-
dc.subjectParticipatory governance-
dc.subjectCommunity development-
dc.subjectNGO-
dc.titleParticipatory governance in China: Analysing state-society relations in participatory initiatives in Suzhou-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLau, MHM: mhmlau@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.3828/idpr.2018.32-
dc.identifier.hkuros296539-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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