Foreign Affairs Reviews China’s Governance Puzzle
November 2, 2017 — Foreign Affairs publishes a review of China’s Governance Puzzle: Enabling Transparency and Participation in a Single-Party State.
The basis for the research that led to the book began in 2010 with an Asia Foundation-supported national research study, the Chinese Governance Assessment Project (C-GAP), which was led by then Asia Foundation country representative in Beijing, Jonathan Stromseth. This extensive collaborative study not only documents the origins and scope of these reforms across China, but offers the first systematic assessment of the reforms by quantitatively and qualitatively analyzing the impact of transparency and participation on important governance outcomes. 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.
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