Much evidence shows that there is a trend of global urbanization in that people are increasingly moving to cities worldwide, in particular in China and Asia. For example, in 2007 the number of people living in cities in the world for the first time exceeds that residing in rural areas. This process of rapid global urbanization causes thorny problems in cities that are unprecedented to deal with. Together with worldwide challenges, such as global climate change, city planners and managers are faced with urban problems of various scales that require innovative, effective decision skills to resolve. Put differently, the planning of cities must be complemented by the governing of cities in order for city planners and managers to work together to cope with the unprecedented urban challenges. Urban governance that incorporates plans, regulations, and administration for cities thus provides an interdisciplinary platform that helps city planners and managers to enhance their decision skills in governing cities.

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