A Comprehensive Planning to Govern Rural Community – Case of Taiwan
Ching-Kai Hsiao

The purpose of this paper is to explore various concepts and principles of development planning and governance for rural community. In addition, some planning and governing experiences of several countries are also discussed. First section is to review the changes and trends of rural planning and management. Rural planning was highly centralized in terms of a top-down approach in early time and hence local government was marginalized. Nevertheless, the top-down approach gradually combined with a bottom-up approach due to the emerging difficulties and problems. And the responsibility for planning and management thus shifting from center to local. Next section explores the principles or basic rules for rural development, which are essential elements to pursue the rural development at the local level. The third section takes a recent governance for rural community in Taiwan as an example to demonstrate how the authorities to combine top-down and bottom-up approaches in the process of rural regeneration. Some concluding remarks are made at the last section

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