1st Edition

Public Administration and Governance in China Chinese Insights with Global Perspectives

By Leizhen Zang, Yanyan Gao Copyright 2023
    184 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book aims to explain the gap between Western theories and the Chinese administration reform experiences.

    The book provides insights into how the Chinese government can improve its efficiency and legitimacy through reforms and adapt Western theories with Chinese Characteristics. It also looks at the impact of modern technological innovation on reforms and why innovation is a critical key to the political development of China or other countries. The authors also explain how the Internet affects government efficiency.

    This timely book is an invaluable reference to better understand the changing theory of global public administration and its practice in developing countries and will interest researchers and policy makers in development studies and public administration and governance.


    1. Understanding Chinese Governance Changes Since 1979: Relationship Between the Central and Local Governments 2. How Can China Implement Its Policies Through Special-Issue-Oriented Governance (SIOG): The Potential Governance Type 3. When China's Government Reforms Meet Western Administrative Theories: Do They Fit? 4 Political Legitimacy Beyond Electoral Democracy: The Crafty Internet Application Strategy in China 5. How (When) Does Technological Innovation Improve Government Efficiency? An Empirical Investigation with Cross-National Evidence 6. Are Democratic Countries More Efficient in The Public Sector? An Empirical Study with Cross-National Data 7. Small Is Beautiful: Fighting Poverty with Low-Input- Technology In China Rural Area


    Leizhen Zang is a Professor at the College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University, Beijing. He is also a senior fellow at the Institute of State Governance in Peking University. He was a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a Japan Foundation fellow and the JSPS international research fellow at the University of Tokyo. His research covers comparative politics, computational social science methods, and governance.

    Yanyan Gao is an Associate Professor at the School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, China. His research interests involve public policy evaluation and the impacts of the infrastructures like High-Speed Rail and Natural Gas Pipeline Projects.