Can the central government control local land use without public participation?

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2013

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TitleEnvironment for Development Initiative Seventh Annual Conference
PlaceSouth Africa
Period24 - 27 October 2013

Abstract

This paper aims to fill the void in the literature by answering the following research question: to what extent has public participation been institutionalized in land use decision-making in China? Focusing on the purposes, actors, and architecture and mechanisms of public participation and government accountability, an institutional analysis was conducted on the national land use regulations and policies enacted between 1947 and 2012. It was found without institutionalized input and surveillance from bottom-up by individual citizens and/or civil society organizations (CSOs), the top-down approaches remained ineffective and land use was mainly left for manipulation by local governments. The rural-urban dichotomy and lack of institutionalized public participation in land use decision-making have compromised equal economic and social opportunity for farmers, eroded public trust in local governments, and led to social unrest. Thus, the central government needs not only to directly control the discharge of discretionary power by local governments, but also to empower the public for holding the government accountable for land use decisions.

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Can the central government control local land use without public participation? / LI, Wanxin.

2013. Paper presented at Environment for Development Initiative Seventh Annual Conference, South Africa.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)