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Factors Affecting Common Property Governance: The Case of Condominium Communities in Beijing

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Wang, Yaocai
Conference: Workshop on the Workshop 4
Location: Indiana University Bloomington
Conf. Date: June 3-6, 2009
Date: 2009
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2091
Sector: Social Organization
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): self-governance
collective action
property rights
Abstract: "From the 1990s, China began to privatize housing in urban areas while the welfare-oriented public housing distribution system broke up. In 2002, 82.1% of families had their own private condominium units and houses. Homeowners are beginning to emerge. All co-owners have the right and obligation to manage common property, but how does collective action work? What will contribute to common property governance, and how? In the meantime, there are more and more conflicts in common property governance. Beijing Chaoyang District court accepted and heard 194 cases concerning conflicts in common property governance in 2002, and the amount mushroomed to 2649 in 2005. In this paper, I will highlight these questions combined with a comparative analysis between two different kinds of communities. One kind of community set up formal self-governing associations, and another kind has only informal self-governing associations. "There are three hypotheses in this paper, (1) Attributes of physical World affects the way of participants action. (2) Hypothesis 2: heterogeneity affects actors behaviors enormously; (3) Hypothesis 3: Difference of self-governing association has a great effect on rule making and enforcement."

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