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Sustainable Urban Community Development: A Case Study from the Perspective of Self-Governance and Public Participation

by Yang Fu and Weihong Ma *
Department of Public Administration, College of Management, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, Guangdong, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(2), 617; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020617 (registering DOI)
Received: 5 December 2019 / Revised: 29 December 2019 / Accepted: 6 January 2020 / Published: 14 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
(1) Background: There is a global trend to stimulate sustainable urbanization by updating the hardware of the built environment with green technologies. However, simply greening the city hardware does not ensure a sustainable urban system. In reality, urban communities, as cells of the city, play a crucial role in the sustainable development of the entire city. (2) Methods: This paper conducts a case study by investigating a community in Taipei with semi-structured interviews and other first-hand data. It examines how self-organization, voluntary groups, and the public participation of community members has successfully institutionalized a governing system for the sustainable development of communities; (3) Results: This paper identifies the major actors and mechanisms underpinning the sustainable development of urban communities with a case study in Taipei. The establishment of this more cost-effective form of community governance will possibly provide more benefits to community members; (4) Conclusions: This case study will shed light on the sustainable development of urban community in many other cities, offering possible pathways and epitome for self-organization of urban community in the coming era. Its cost-effective institutional design contributes greatly to sustainable community development, partly solving the current failure to promote urban sustainability.
Keywords: self-governance; public participation; voluntary groups; institutional analysis; sustainable communities; sustainable urban development self-governance; public participation; voluntary groups; institutional analysis; sustainable communities; sustainable urban development
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Fu, Y.; Ma, W. Sustainable Urban Community Development: A Case Study from the Perspective of Self-Governance and Public Participation. Sustainability 2020, 12, 617.

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