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The role of stakeholders and their participation network in urban regeneration decision-making in China: A Case study of Yongqing Area, Guangzhou

Zha, Zixuan

Since the late 1970s, urban regeneration projects have sprung up in China in response to the country's rapid economic growth and urbanization. For a long time, the decision-making process of these renewal projects has been criticized for following an underlying elitism and overlooking the needs of the wide range of stakeholders. A rational stakeholder participation mechanism is required in the decision-making process to solve complex urban problems.

Guangzhou, at the forefront of reform and opening up, demonstrated a high intensity of urban reconstruction. This research takes the Yongqing Area Regeneration Project in Guangzhou as a typical case to study the stakeholders and their participation in urban regeneration decision-making in China. Based on the data collected through in-depth interviews, this paper performs stakeholder analysis to identify and characterize the stakeholders, investigate their interdependencies, and provide policy recommendations.

The results show that the urban regeneration decision-making mechanism in China has shifted from interventionism to polyarchy. But both the complexity of China's government sectors and the informal participation of developers impede effective cooperation among stakeholders. And the current public participation remains insufficient due to a lack of intervention channels. Finally, policy implications were drawn in terms of legislation and decision-making mechanisms.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Wu, Weiping
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
July 27, 2022


urban regeneration; stakeholder analysis; decision-making; Guangzhou