Handbook of the Politics of China
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Handbook of the Politics of China

Edited by David S.G. Goodman

The Handbook of the Politics of China is a comprehensive resource introducing readers to the very latest in research on Chinese politics. David Goodman provides an introduction to the key structures and issues, providing the foundations on which later learning can be built. It contains four sections of new and original research, dealing with leadership and institutions, public policy, political economy and social change, and international relations and includes a comprehensive bibliography. Each of the 26 chapters has been written by an established authority in the field and each reviews the literature on the topic, and presents the latest findings of research. An essential primer for the study of China’s politics.
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Chapter 6: Local governance: the roles of the People’s Congresses and the People’s Political Consultative Conferences

Minglu Chen


Any consideration of local governance naturally invites a clarification on the very concept of ‘governance’. Despite its general popularity, ‘“governance” is a vague and contested term, as are many political concepts’ (Bevir 2010: 1). Literally, the word ‘governance’ means ‘rule, control’, which is ‘the action or manner of governing a state, organization, etc’ (Oxford Dictionaries n.d.). The first contemporary appearance of the term occurred in the World Bank report Sub-Saharan Africa: From Crisis to Sustainable Growth published in 1989, which signified governance as the responsibilities of the state (World Bank 1989). In its 1992 report Governance and Development, the World Bank further defined governance as ‘the manner in which power is exercised in the management of a country’s economic and social resources for development’ (World Bank 1992c: 2). Invariably, the conventional understanding on governance emphasizes the roles that formal state institutions play in governing. Since the 1990s, a group of scholars started to argue that governance in a contemporary context involves new approaches and perspectives consequent to the 1980s neoliberal reforms of the public sector in the West featuring decentralization, marketization and privatization. Stoker argues that governance refers to the governing styles in which boundaries between and within the public and private sectors become blurred, and governing mechanisms do not rest on recourse to the authority and sanctions of government (Stoker 1998: 17).

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