The international aid community has advocated governance reforms as a necessary complement to economic aid to developing countries. The resultant Good Governance Agenda has been criticised for its ahistorical bias. The empirical case studies reported in this book further illustrate the limitations by showing the complex logics of governance reforms and their relations with development in the Asian context. The analysis highlights the importance of taking full notice of the Asian reform experiences in the ongoing reflection over the global institutional and development agenda. The message is not to deny the need for governance reforms, or the utility of international learning and sharing of experiences. Global development will benefit, however, from a better understanding of the linkages between governance reforms and the diverse historical conditions they are embedded, in both developing or the advanced economies.
This book was published as a special issue of Journal of Contemporary Asia.
Table of Contents
1. Multiple Trajectories and “Good Governance” in Asia: An Introduction 2. Governance Reforms in China and Vietnam: Marketisation, Leapfrogging and Retro-Fitting 3. The Heterodoxy of Governance under Decentralisation: Rent-Seeking Politics in China’s Tobacco Growing Areas 4. Good Governance for Environmental Protection in China: Instrumentation, Strategic Interactions and Unintended Consequences 5. Governance, Courts and Politics in Asia 6. Pursuing Equity in Education: Conflicting Views and Shifting Strategies
Professor Linda Li’s work stresses the necessity to examine both dimensions of collaboration and conflict in understanding public policy and political processes. Topics she studied include the dynamics of institutional and agency change processes in central-local relations in China, government reforms, rural public finance, and education and fiscal policy.