The Unfulfilled Promise of Collaborative Governance: The Case of Low-Income Housing in Jiangsu

  • Kerry Ratigan
  • Jessica C. TeetsEmail author


In this chapter, we explore the development of urban community governance in China, specifically the interaction of local government, social organizations, community, and citizens in urban community governance. To explore this interaction, we selected the case of collaborative governance in urban housing, because by the 2000s the cost of housing was one of the top concerns of urban residents across the country. Based on evidence from affordable housing (AH) policy in Jiangsu, we find that the state continues to dominate the policy process. Despite state rhetoric encouraging collaborative governance, non-state actors (NSAs), such as businesses and community organizations, tend to be excluded from AH policymaking and implementation. We suggest several ways that NSAs could be involved to improve AH policy in the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Amherst CollegeAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Political Science DepartmentMiddlebury CollegeMiddleburyUSA

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