Toward Better Governance in China: An Unconventional Pathway of Political Reform

Author: 
Baogang Guo & Dennis Hicky
Publisher: 
Lexington Books
Publication Date: 
Mon, 2009-11-30

Toward Better Governance in China takes a fresh look at the latest efforts made by Chinese leaders to promote governance-based reform. It asserts that the improvement of governance has now become one of the breakthrough points of the much anticipated political reform. Although the Chinese government continues to play down expectations about political reform, many small-scale reform experiments have been quietly undertaken by Chinese leaders at various levels in recent years, including the new round of administrative reform centered on the creation of "super ministries," the enlargement of inner-party democracy within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the strengthening of local legislative bodies, and judicial reform designed to promote judicial independence and rule of law. This strategy calls for strengthening governing capacity and changing government functions. List of Contributors Jon Bond, Jie Chen, Xi Chen, Chia-chen Chou, Sheng Ding, Baogang Guo, Qian Guo, Dennis Hickey, Diqing Lou, Chunlong Lu, Huhe Narisong, Han-pu Tung, Lin Ye, Yiran Zhou, Xufeng Zhu, and Yuchao Zhu About the Author(s) Baogang Guo is associate professor of political science at Dalton State College. Dennis V. Hickey is the James Morris Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University.