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Chinese Communist Party School and its Suzhi Education Network Governance and Policy Implementation

By Chunqi Zhou Copyright 2023
    192 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Zhou applies network governance theories to Chinese education and focuses on Chinese education policy implementation, particularly with the Chinese Communist Party Schools (CCPS). The CCPS is the institution which follows the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s ideas and decisions to educate key education leaders at all levels with different political purposes. In the Chinese education policymaking process, the CCP is the leading power which provides policy directions, but the education department is the main vehicle for the delivery of education policy.

    Using document analysis and interviews, Zhou argues that an education policy implementation process can be successful from top to bottom level in cooperation with the education department. He further posits that formulating and implementing Chinese education policy can be characterised as a form of network governance, which coordinates actors' and stakeholders’ motivation to comply with collective decisions in Chinese education implementation. The book offers fresh data for the study of policy networks in Chinese education, the study of CCPS and Chinese network governance.

    This book will be of interest to scholars and postgraduate students studying Chinese education, comparative educational policy and comparative education research.

    1. Introduction and key terms 2. Modes of civil servants training 3. Public policy research and policy implementation in China 4. Qualitative interpretivism with interviewing different groups of stakeholders 5. The Chinese Communist Party School (CCPS) and its powerful impact on public policy 6. The implementation of Suzhi education in a dual system in Chinese governance 7. The Chinese Communist Party School’s school principal training programme 8. The impacts of CCPS on Chinese education policy implementation


    Chunqi Zhou is Lecturer in the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance. He graduated PhD in education and Master in TESOL at Monash University, Australia. His research interests are network governance, education policy and TESOL.