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Policy coordination in relation to land use planning in Taiwan: A neo-institutionalist perspective

Cheng, An-Ting 2008. Policy coordination in relation to land use planning in Taiwan: A neo-institutionalist perspective. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

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The issue of policy coordination is inevitably viewed in discourses surrounding fragmented planning and the integration of the plan making process. This even more so in Taiwan since the 1990s. a period that has seen the significant institutional change, while economic globalisation has impacted on the developmental state strategy adopted over previous decades, and the movement towards democratisation has led to the collapse of political authoritarianism. This thesis attempts to explore the dynamic relationship between different sectors through an understanding of policy coordination between economic planning and the land use planning system. It adopts a neo-institutionalist perspective as an approach to explore how coordination works and to explain how the roles in planning have altered during a period of institutional change. The emphasis of this study is on the practices in the plan making processes, and the relationships between actors/agencies during this process, at the regional level, through which cross-sectoral policy are supposed to be coordinated. Based on the findings of three case studies, the thesis argues that the policy making process has been affected by the institutional changes and suggests this has led to a weakening role of the central planning authority and the rise of local authority powers. In spite of the change, it also finds that primary planning policy has remained on track owing to the solid personal network behind the formal planning system. The significant role of personal factors which are embedded in the cultural context is noticeable and can be viewed as a part of the informal institutional factors in policy coordination process. Accordingly, the thesis finally emphasises the importance of informal institutional elements and suggests the personal factor, including the relationship and the network must be taken into account in any research on planning process in Taiwan.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
ISBN: 9781303186073
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:08

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