Government Reform and Governance in China's Local State

By Qingshan Tan

© 2016 – Routledge

256 pages

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pub: 2016-03-30
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About the Book

After three decades of change in China, the central government’s attempts to establish a harmonious society are being challenged by popular protests and social unrest. These challenges have been attributed to improper or ineffective local governance. This book examines government reform and governance in China’s local state, with particular focus on the reasons why local government in its current form is not producing effective governance.

The book provides a new conceptual framework relating to local governance in China, and analyses both the direct and indirect roles of formal institutions of local government, and the roles of informal networks and local communities. It examines the current governance institutions at county, township and village levels, as well as social capital development in local governance. The book goes on to propose that a fundamental restructuring of local government would enhance the capacity of local government, the local state-society interaction, and the quality of life for local residents. By tackling political debates on democratic reform at the local level as well as institutional building of local governance, this book allows readers to understand the major issues and possible solutions facing local governance in today’s China.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Local-Central Relations: Governance Dilemma 3. Village Self-government and village governance 4. Township governments and township governance 5. County Governments and County Governance 6. Establishing Local Social Governance 7. Local Governance: An Integrated Approach 8. Local Governance and State-building

About the Author

Qingshan Tan is Professor in Political Science at Cleveland State University, US.

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General