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Stakeholder Analysis of Community Planning in Shanghai: A Case Study of Caoyang New Village

Lu, Xingyu

Community planning is a rather new concept in China that did not really arise until the beginning of the 2010s. Shanghai, in recent years, launched its โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜š๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎโ€ which institutionalized community planning and provides us with a channel to understand how this concept is localized and implemented in China. This study strengthens knowledge of community planning by selecting Caoyang New Village as a case study and conducting a stakeholder analysis of the planning process. Interviews are made with different stakeholders, which help identify the stakeholders involved, examine their roles and positions, and investigate their interactions and dynamics. The results show that although having an intention to practice community-based planning and engage multiple entities, the current approach to community planning in Shanghai is dominantly top-down with centralized power, and is short of communication and collaboration channels. This has led to failure to meet the communityโ€™s most practical demands. Meanwhile, community planners are found at a central position in the stakeholder network, yet are not given the space to assist negotiation among entities. The author thus recommends power decentralization, collaboration establishment, and transformation of plannersโ€™ role as guidance for the future.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Wu, Weiping
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
August 13, 2020