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Promoting Good Governance Through Participation: A Study on the Influence of Rural Participatory Planning Under the Governance Perspective
Sun Ying
Abstract In recent years, rural planning and construction in China is confronted with a thorny problem of the absence of villagers’ subjectivity, for which it is especially important to promote participatory planning, realize empowerment, and stimulate the self-development capacity in rural areas. By taking an experimental participatory planning in a village in Zhejiang Province as a case study, this paper discusses participatory methods and routes, and analyzes the impact of participation on rural governance by means of behavioral research. According to the study, it shows that participatory planning could act as a social way to promote good governance, and in the meanwhile, certain institutional conditions are needed to ensure the validity of participation.

Keywords participatory planning; rural governance; rural planning; empowerment; subjectivity

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