Analysis of citizens' motivation and participation intention in urban planning

Wenshu Li, Tao Feng, Harry J.P. Timmermans, Zhigang Li (Corresponding author), Ming Zhang, Bowen Li

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Abstract

Public participation has attracted considerable interest in urban planning theory and practice. A large body of growing literature has attempted to figure out the importance of public participation in urban planning and management. However, there are very few theory-driven empirical studies in the participation literature that examine citizen's motivation and intention to participate in urban planning processes. The aim of this paper therefore is to fill this gap in the literature by investigating the relationship between motivation and the intention of public participation in the field of urban planning and management. On the basis of a survey conducted in Wuhan, China, a structural equation model is developed and estimated to identify the causal relationships between four motivational factors and three intentions to participate in urban planning. We find positive impacts of “Civil Society” “Personal Interest” “Social Influence” and a negative impact of “Constraints” on the intention to participate in urban planning. The conclusions of this study provide valuable insights for exploring the intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting citizens' participation intentions in urban planning activities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102921
Number of pages9
JournalCities
Volume106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Funding

This work was supported by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation funded project [NO. 2018M642907 ]; China Ministry of Technology through the 12th Five Year National Grant for Science & Technology Support for Smart Urbanization [NO. 2015BAJ05B00 ], and Natural Science Foundation of China [NO. 41422103 , 41771167 ]. This work was supported by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation funded project [NO.2018M642907]; China Ministry of Technology through the 12th Five Year National Grant for Science & Technology Support for Smart Urbanization [NO.2015BAJ05B00], and Natural Science Foundation of China [NO.41422103,41771167].

FundersFunder number
China Ministry of Technology2015BAJ05B00
National Natural Science Foundation of China41422103,41771167, 41771167, 41422103
China Postdoctoral Science Foundation2018M642907

    Keywords

    • Behavioural motivation
    • Civil society
    • Public participation
    • Structural equation modelling
    • Urban planning
    • Wuhan

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