Washington D.C. Public Program: China’s Governance Puzzle

Event: Friday, March 31, 2017

9:30 am – 11:00 am EDT

Falk Auditorium, Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC

China is widely viewed as a global powerhouse that has achieved a remarkable economic transformation with little political change. Less well known is that China’s leaders have also implemented far-reaching governance reforms designed to promote government transparency and increase public participation in official policymaking. What are the motivations behind these reforms and, more importantly, what is their impact on China’s political trajectory? This puzzle lies at the heart of a new book by Jonathan Stromseth, Edmund Malesky, and Dimitar Gueorguiev, China’s Governance Puzzle: Enabling Transparency and Participation in a Single-Party State (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

On March 31, The Asia Foundation and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies will co-host the authors of this extensive new study. This expert panel will discuss the book’s findings and their implications for China’s future. Comparing across provinces and over time, the authors argue the reforms are resulting in lower corruption and enhanced legal compliance, but these outcomes also depend on a broader societal ecosystem that includes an active media and robust civil society.

Jonathan R. Stromseth, Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asian Studies Senior Fellow, Brookings

Edmund Malesky, Professor of Political Economy, Duke University
Wang Xixin, Vice Dean and Professor, Peking University Law School
Dimitar Gueorguiev, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University

RSVPs are required for attendance. To RSVP, please click here.

Related locations: Washington DC

The Latest Across Asia

Change Starts Here Campaign Impact

Thank you for powering The Asia Foundation’s mission to improve lives and expand opportunities.