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This book focuses on the practice and experience of urban delicacy governance in Xuhui District, Shanghai. As we know, urbanization is the inevitable course for agricultural civilization to move towards industrial civilization. Over the past forty years, the urbanization of China has developed rapidly and has become an important push for economic development and social progress. At the same time, the rapid expansion of city scale, the shortage of public services, environmental pollution, traffic congestion, housing tension, as well as other urban pain points have emerged, and these have brought about serious challenges to urban governance. Delicacy management is the concentrated expression of modern scientific management theory and the inherent requirement to realize the modernization of national governance systems and governance capability. From delicacy management to delicacy governance, urban governance needs the transformation of logic. Shanghai has been identified as the only super city in the Yangtze River Delta and East China. It is of great significance to understand the theory and practice of urban governance in Shanghai. Meanwhile, Xuhui District is one of the seven central urban areas in Shanghai with a profound historical background, important institutions, advanced science and education.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction

In recent years, with the rapid growth of industrialization and IT building, cities have been expanding rapidly and have become functionally diversified, complex and all-inclusive systems. At the 2015 Central Urban Work Conference, it was pointed out that since the beginning of reform and opening up, China had experienced the largest and fast-moving urbanization process in global history. By 2015, China had an urban population of 771.16 million and an urbanization rate of 56.1%, higher than the global average by about 1.2% points. In the spectacular urbanization process, urban issues such as environmental pollution, traffic congestion, tight housing supply, and unemployment have become increasingly prominent due to unbalanced and inadequate development. Fulfilling the goal of “better city, better life” is the greatest challenge facing modern cities.
Jiannan Wu

Chapter 2. Renewal and Conservation

At the present development stage dominated by urban renewal in China, the past extensive management approach is inadequate for governing huge and diversified modern cities.
Lin Wang

Chapter 3. Ecological Protection

In the urban aspect, urban ecological management encompasses natural ecosystem conservation, rehabilitation and structuring, environmental protection and pollution control, structural optimization and functional upgrade of urban public open spaces (green spaces), and such like., In connection with refined urban ecological governance, the goal is to improve the living environment, the means is refined governance, the organizational form is joint management and sharing by the government, society and residents, the basic units are urban communities, and spatial carriers are waters and green spaces—the major ecological elements in the natural ecosystem.
Shengquan Che, Ziyang Lou

Chapter 4. Service Optimization

In the socialist market economy, offering public services is an important aspect of performing government functions comprehensively and properly. At the third plenary session of the Eighteenth CPC National Congress, it was proposed that the government should strengthen the supply and purchase of various public services.
Lufa Zhang, Ling Jiang

Chapter 5. Security Enhancement

Urban public security is fundamental for the smooth operation of a city and the baseline for urban management. Under the background of the transformed principal contradiction of the Chinese society, security enhancement reflects the basic vision of Chinese urban residents for a better life and also sets a clearer goal for city managers. In the recent decades, China’s urban construction has kept pace with reform and opening up and made rapid progress. The urban system has become highly complex while enjoying the benefits and high efficiency brought by the highly modernized urban life. Besides, it has turned more fragile in the context of extensive economic development.
Yihong Liu, Guanghua Han

Chapter 6. Joint Community Governance

The report of the Nineteenth CPC National Congress proposes to build a social governance pattern of “joint building, joint governance and sharing”. Joint community governance is an important mode of social governance, and also an important means of refined urban governance. First, joint governance improves refined governance capacity.
Bo Peng, Jing Xiong

Chapter 7. Resident Self-Governance

“Urban air relieves people.” Among numerous factors of the origin of cities, self-governance and democracy play an important role. Especially in Western medieval cities, the emergence of city are related to the emergence of urban self-governance right. Refined governance of a city must give full play to the enthusiasm and creativeness of everyone for shared construction, governance and enjoyment. Notably, self-governance at an individual level, that is, the governance mode featuring the knowledge, participation and enjoyment of everyone will naturally be represented by the refinement in urban management.
Bo Peng, Jing Xiong
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