Decentralization and Urban Transformation in Asia
|Event Date/Time: Mar 10, 2011||End Date/Time: Mar 11, 2011|
|Abstract Submission Date: Nov 15, 2010|
The nexus between decentralization and urban transformation in Asia may take on various practical permutations and function at different levels. Decentralization may achieve its normative goal of encouraging city administrations to be more responsive to the needs and aspirations of their constituents by bringing government â€˜closer to the peopleâ€™. Conversely, decentralization within the contexts of globalization and privatization may circumvent critical aspects of democratic procedure if city administrations use their increased access to state power and resources to nurture clientelistic networks of patronage and/or to tap into wider circles of regional or global economic activity at the expense of local development. Decentralization may also operate at multiple levels as both an agent and consequence of urban transformation. For instance, decentralization to cities may contribute towards decentralization within cities in a process of â€˜urban decentralizationâ€™, otherwise known as â€˜suburbanizationâ€™ or â€˜urban sprawlâ€™.
We invite submission of papers from young and established scholars, policymakers, planners, legislators, architects and development practitioners on the interplay between decentralization and urban change in Asia. In this, we encourage applicants to consider empirical case studies and theories within comparative Asian contexts, and what lessons might be learned from Asia for urban transformations in other parts of the world. Questions that will guide the conference proceedings to speak to related themes across disciplinary and geographical boundaries include:
How has decentralization changed the role and functions of local administrations in Asian cities?
In what ways has decentralization transformed the built environment of urban spaces and the lived environments of city residents?
How have the processes and structures of decentralization empowered cities to emerge as new centers of innovation in responding to localized challenges (such as conflict management, rapid urbanization and issues of livability, sustainability, public service delivery and community building)?
What networks of governance and inter-city cooperation have emerged between cities within and beyond national borders since the initiation of decentralization?
How has decentralization reconfigured relations between cities and between cities and their surrounding hinterlands (that is, urban-to-urban and rural-to-urban linkages and networks)?
To what extent are cities in Asia seen as models of best practice in the governance of decentralization? Does this portend for the travel of Asian city models of good governance and urban sustainability within and beyond the region?
SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words by 15 November 2010.
Please submit and address all applications and enquiries to Dr Michelle Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Successful applicants will be notified by 30 November 2010 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 11 February 2011.