小自治単位(集落・旧村)における自治力の現状と再生方向 [in Japanese] The Present Conditions and Future Perspectives on the Self-governing Power at the Small Autonomous Unit [in Japanese]
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Generally speaking, when municipalities are merged into a big one and its jurisdiction becomes large, contact frequency of the merged municipality with local people will decline. On this account, we need to build “self-governing power” into the small autonomous units such as community or former administrative villages in order to support local agricultural and forestry development, and local administration. In this paper, I take up Takamiya town in Hiroshima prefecture well-known as one of the most successful cases in terms of resident self-governance. After having retraced the revitalization process of this town, we make clear the factors that have promoted “Chiiki Shinkou Kai” (unique autonomous community council in Takamiya town) to acquire their self-governing power. I would like to point out the fact that the development of the autonomous community council is also accompanied with the shifts of relationships between the autonomous community council and the town office or the town council. Finally, based on the above results, I try to define the self-governing power and to discuss the conditions for forming such self-governing power.
- Journal of Rural Problems
Journal of Rural Problems 39(4), 332-344, 2004-03-25
The Association for Regional Agricultural and Forestry Economics