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E-Participation, Rural Regime, and Network Governance: A Case of Balien River Conservation

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School of Resource and Environmental Science, Quanzhou Normal University, Quanzhou 362000, China
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Department of Bio-Industry Communication and Development, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
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Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 3908; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10113908
Received: 25 September 2018 / Revised: 19 October 2018 / Accepted: 24 October 2018 / Published: 27 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land Teleconnection, Governance and Urban Sustainability)
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Abstract

The regime theory has been widely applied to analyze the governing capacity for urban community development. However, it has seldom been translated to the countryside, even though rural communities often reveal some potential for self-governance and a capacity to act. With the emergence of information technology, social network services have become popular and have changed the social interactions between the public and private sectors. By considering the rural case of river conservation in New Taipei City, this paper used the regime theory to investigate the governing capacity of rural collaborative networks and the influence of social network services on coordination. We found that the regime theory can be used to explore rural communities with strong collaborative networks and local identities. The adoption of communication tools based on social network services strengthens informal public-private coordination wherein the power geometry of rural regimes is upgraded from ‘power-to’ to ‘power-amidst’, thus, advancing the solidarity of the community networks and prompting the rise of vital coalitions and the governing capacity of rural actors. View Full-Text
Keywords: regime theory; network governance; river conservation; e-participation; power-amidst regime theory; network governance; river conservation; e-participation; power-amidst
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Lan, C. .-C.; Peng, L.-P. E-Participation, Rural Regime, and Network Governance: A Case of Balien River Conservation. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3908.

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