Dual Legitimacy in the Development of the Network City - A Case Study of Kaohsiung City Council

  • Da-Chi Liao National Sun Yat-sen University, Institute of Politica Science, 70 Lien-hai Road,Ku-shan District Kaohsiung 80424,Taiwan
  • Hsin-Che Wu Nanjing University, School of Government, 22 Hankou Nanjing Jiangsu 210093
  • Chen-Hsun Li National Sun Yat-sen University, Institute of Politica Science, 70 Lien-hai Road,Ku-shan District Kaohsiung 80424,Taiwan
Keywords: dual legitimacy, network city, bureaucratic city, city council, Kaohsiung Taiwan

Abstract

This paper discusses the theoretical rheology of local governance from the bureaucratic system to the network city and explores whether and how such a city network can be developed in a dual local government system. This paper suggests that, in dual systems, councilors are nodes which extend their networks, and councilors together can construct a more comprehensive network than a city executive branch alone does, so as to remedy the executive branch’s deficiencies concerning city affairs. This paper chooses Kaohsiung city council as its case study and provides evidence that the network developed by city council and councilors covers many city affairs which are ignored by the city executive branch. This result also implies that the network city may be better feasible in a dual local government system than in a unitary one.

Author Biography

Da-Chi Liao, National Sun Yat-sen University, Institute of Politica Science, 70 Lien-hai Road,Ku-shan District Kaohsiung 80424,Taiwan
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Published
2014-05-09
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