Home Owner Organisations, Resident Committee and the Reinvention of Grassroots Governance

Project: Research

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The upsurge of home ownership signifies an important socio-economic change in urban China. Whilst it is common place for home owners of multi-ownership condominium housing elsewhere to organize themselves in exercising their collective ownership rights and to protect their property interests, China has been quite ambivalent towards such an idea. Whilst China is increasingly more receptive towards the self-governance of home owners, such organizations have recently been put under a new regulatory regime within the resident committee system, which has been in place since the 1950s. This project attempts to explore the changing relation between home owner organizations and resident committees in the context of a reinvented grassroots governance. Surveys and in-depth interviews will be conducted in Guangzhou and Shanghai to collect first hand information on such changing relations. This project will help to shed light on the changing relation between state and society as well as the increasingly differentiated home ownership sector.


Project number7002060
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/04/071/04/09