Special Issue Paper
Government intervention and the empowerment process: Citizen involvement in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo
Article first published online: 10 APR 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Public Affairs
Special Issue: Public Policy and Governance in China
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 130–141, May 2014
How to Cite
Wang, P. (2014), Government intervention and the empowerment process: Citizen involvement in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. J. Publ. Aff., 14: 130–141. doi: 10.1002/pa.1517
- Issue published online: 5 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 10 APR 2014
- National Social Science Fund of China. Grant Number: 11&ZD149
Citizen involvement in major government initiatives is increasingly favoured in the evolving theory and practice of public administration. As a mega project, the Shanghai Expo featured citizen involvement both as a publicity idea and as a pragmatic approach for obtaining resources and support from citizens. Due to the lack of a participatory democratic tradition, the Shanghai municipality has sought to promote citizen involvement through specific social projects over a short time. The paper explores the evolution of citizen involvement from consumerism to collaborative governance, and suggests the concept of empowerment as a crucial perspective in the promotion of such citizen involvement. Within this framework, two projects of the Shanghai Expo are analysed as case studies focusing on the empowerment process in citizen involvement. In conclusion, the study offers some reflections on the current state of citizen involvement and puts forward suggestions for post-Expo governance in Shanghai. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.