China Experiments: From Local Innovations to National Reform
All societies face a key question: how to empower governments to perform essential governmental functions while constraining the arbitrary exercise of power. This balance, always in flux, is particularly fluid in today's China. This insightful book examines the changing relationship between that state and its society, as demonstrated by numerous experiments in governance at subnational levels, and explores the implications for China's future political trajectory. The authors set their analysis at the level of townships and counties, investigating the striking diversity of China's exploration into different governance tools and comparing these experiments with developments and debates elsewhere in the world. China Experiments draws on multiple cases of innovation to show how local authorities are breaking down traditional models of governance in responding to the challenges posed by the rapid transformations taking place across China's economy and society. The book thus differs from others on China that focus on dynamics taking place at the elite level in Beijing, and is unique in its broad but detailed, empirically grounded analysis.
Public administration, China, Organizational change, Central-local government relations, Decentralization in government, Local government
Asian Studies | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
City or Country
FLORINI, Ann, Lai Hairong, and Tan Yeling. 2012. China Experiments: From Local Innovations to National Reform. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.
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