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The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance

The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance

Edited by Andrew Massey and Karen Johnston

The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance is a ground-breaking volume with eminent scholars addressing the key questions in relation to how international governments can solve public administration and governance challenges in an increasingly globalized world. With international coverage across Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, the authors adopt contemporary perspectives of governance, including public policy capacity, wicked policy problems, public sector reforms, the challenges of globalisation and managing complexity. Practitioners and scholars of public administration, public policy and public sector management will be better informed with regard to the issues and structures of government and governance in an increasingly complex world.

Chapter 13: The Tao of governance: public administration reform in China

Zhichang Zhu

Subjects: politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy

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Public administration (PA) in China is under continuous reforms alongside the country’s recent economic transformation and in coincidence with the global New Public Management/Good Governance movements. The interesting questions are: what are being reformed, how do the reforms proceed, who engage in reforms, what are the outcomes, what would further reforms look like and what, if any, are the links between the China experience and global trends? This chapter investigates these questions in China’s own terms, informed by indigenous rationales and historical patterns.

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