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Title: Social impact assessment and public participation in China : a case study of land requisition in Guangzhou
Authors: Tang, BS
Wong, SW 
Lau, MCH 
Keywords: China
Land requisition
Public participation
Social impact assessment
Urban development
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Environmental impact assessment review, 2008, v. 28, no. 1, p. 57-72 How to cite?
Journal: Environmental impact assessment review 
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/15875
ISSN: 0195-9255
EISSN: 1873-6432
DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2007.03.004
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