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Title: Social impact assessment and public participation in China: A case study of land requisition in Guangzhou

Abstract

This study examines the current prospects for and obstacles facing the implementation of social impact assessment (SIA) and participatory planning in the People's Republic of China. During the past two decades, rapid urbanisation and the conversion of rural land for urban development have led to numerous social conflicts and tensions between the Chinese government and its people. SIA and public participation in development decisions have received increasing attention from the Chinese authorities as possible ways to tackle the problem. Based on a Guangzhou case study, this paper argues that the assessment and mitigation of adverse impacts on the community from urban development have been carried out with different objectives, core values and principles when compared with those in Western societies. It concludes that the poor prospects of SIA and collaborative planning in China lie not only in the weak framework for environmental legislation, but also in all institutions concerning state-society relations, the socialist governing ideology and traditional Chinese culture.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China), E-mail: bsbstang@polyu.edu.hk
  2. Division of Social Sciences, Urban Studies and Education, HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (Hong Kong), E-mail: ivyswwong@yahoo.com.hk
  3. Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China), E-mail: bsmilton@polyu.edu.hk
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21077727
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 28; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2007.03.004; PII: S0195-9255(07)00044-3; Copyright (c) 2007 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0195-9255
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CHINA; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; LEGISLATION; PLANNING; SOCIAL IMPACT

Citation Formats

Tang Bosin, Wong Siuwai, and Lau, Milton Chi-hong. Social impact assessment and public participation in China: A case study of land requisition in Guangzhou. United States: N. p., 2008. Web. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2007.03.004.
Tang Bosin, Wong Siuwai, & Lau, Milton Chi-hong. Social impact assessment and public participation in China: A case study of land requisition in Guangzhou. United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2007.03.004.
Tang Bosin, Wong Siuwai, and Lau, Milton Chi-hong. Tue . "Social impact assessment and public participation in China: A case study of land requisition in Guangzhou". United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2007.03.004.
@article{osti_21077727,
title = {Social impact assessment and public participation in China: A case study of land requisition in Guangzhou},
author = {Tang Bosin and Wong Siuwai and Lau, Milton Chi-hong},
abstractNote = {This study examines the current prospects for and obstacles facing the implementation of social impact assessment (SIA) and participatory planning in the People's Republic of China. During the past two decades, rapid urbanisation and the conversion of rural land for urban development have led to numerous social conflicts and tensions between the Chinese government and its people. SIA and public participation in development decisions have received increasing attention from the Chinese authorities as possible ways to tackle the problem. Based on a Guangzhou case study, this paper argues that the assessment and mitigation of adverse impacts on the community from urban development have been carried out with different objectives, core values and principles when compared with those in Western societies. It concludes that the poor prospects of SIA and collaborative planning in China lie not only in the weak framework for environmental legislation, but also in all institutions concerning state-society relations, the socialist governing ideology and traditional Chinese culture.},
doi = {10.1016/j.eiar.2007.03.004},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
issn = {0195-9255},
number = 1,
volume = 28,
place = {United States},
year = {2008},
month = {1}
}