Chinese Public Administration
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Chinese Public Administration

Spring 2013

Professor:Yijia JingTime/Room: Fri 9-1130am (622 Wenke Building)

Office:811 Wenke BuildingOffice Hours: By appointment

Course Objective

This course is designed to enhance a student’s understanding of the history, context, and current issues of public administration in China, with a focus on the development since the initiation of economic reform in the late 1970s. In addition to achieving knowledge of China’sadministrative systems and their reforms, the course is designed to sharpen student’s ability to think and writeanalytically about the various aspects of China’s public administration.

          Lecture Schedule

Week (Friday)


1(Mar 1)

Course overview

2(Mar 8)

History and status quo of Chinese PA

3(Mar 15)

Administrative reforms

4(Mar 29)

Reform path of China

5(Apr 5)

Civil service in China

6(Apr 12)

Policy making and implementation

7(Apr 26)

Corruption and administrative ethics

8 (May 3)

Fiscal reforms

9 (May 10)

Intergovernmental relations

10 (May 17)


11 (May 24)

Guest lectures

12 (June 7)

Public-private partnership

13 (June 14)

Civil society and government-nonprofit collaboration

July 10

Paper due

Performance Evaluation

Student grades are based on the following parts:

Class attendance and participation15%

Class presentation15%

Term paper70%

Students are expected to attend all classes. One absence without asking for a leave in advance leads to a deduction of 5 points. The maximum deduction is 10 points. Three absence leads to a grade of F. Being late for 5 minutes leads a 2 points deduction, 10 minutes 4 points, and being late for 15 minutes is equal to an absence. This rule will be strictly enforced.

Every student is required to do a PPT presentation during the semester at the beginning of one class. The purpose is to share the student’s understanding of the topic of that week with others. Please send the PPT to the whole class no later than 12am (noon) of Thursday, so other people can read it. Late submission leads to 5 points deduction. The maximum time of presentation is 15 minutes.

Final paper should apply theories or perspectives learned in class to analyze a relevant issue in China. The topic has to be directly related to PA in China (policy issues are in general not appropriate). The paper should be about 8-12 pages including everything (title, abstract, main text, conclusions, and references). It should be single spaced with a font size 12 and regular margin. The paper should have an academically acceptable format, and use the APA reference style (noncompliance leads to serious punishment). Final paper should be submitted to the TA by July 10.One day delay leads to 1 point deduction. The grade is F for a delay over one week. The paper should be submitted in a MS-WORD format. All contents cited or quoted from other sources need to be edited as parts of the paper.

Student who receives an F grade in the class must retake this course in the next year.

          Academic discipline

Use of laptop or IPAD in class is NOT allowed unless for presentation purpose.

Cheating or other inappropriate behavior is strictly forbidden.

Course readings

Course readings are composed of journal articles and book chapters. Students can find most of the readings online (through JSTOR or EBSCO). The opinion in the articles only represents that of the authors.

Week 1. Course overview

Week 2. History and status quo of Chinese public administration

Chien, T. (1942). “War-time Government in China”, American Political Science Review, 36 (5), 850-872.

Denigan, M. (2001). “Defining Public Administration in the People's Republic of China: A Platform for Future Discourse”, Public Performance & Management Review, 24(3): 215-232.

Jing, Y. (2010). “History and Context of Chinese Public Administration, In Handbook of Public Administration in East Asia: Mainland China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, Taylor & Francis LLC. Pp: 33-53.

Kim, S. (1990). “Thinking Globally in Post-Mao China”.Journal of Peace Research 27 (2): 191-209.

Chow, G. (2006). “Globalization and China’s Economic Development”. Pacific Economic Review 11(3): 271-285.

Yu, K. (2003). “Change in Governance and Political Development in China Under the Impact of Economic Globalization”. The Chinese Economy 36(3): 71–91.

Week 3. Administrative reforms

Ngok, K. and Zhu, G. (2007). “Marketization, globalization and administrative reform in China: a zigzag road to a promising future”, International Review of Administrative Sciences 73(2): 217-233.

Jing, Y. and Liu, C. (2010). Understanding China’s Administrative Adaptation: The Role of Weak Organizations. Issues and Studies 46 (2): 1-32.

Christensen, T., Dong, L. and Painter, M. (2008). Administrative reform in China's central government-how much “learning from the West”? International Review of Administrative Sciences74(3): 351-371

Dong, L., Christensen, T. and Painter, M. (2010). A Case Study of China’s Administrative Reform: The Importation of the Super-Department. The American Review of Public Administration 40(2): 170-188.

Week 4. Reform path of China

Zheng, Y. (1999). “Political incrementalism: political lessons from China's 20 years of reform. Third World Quarterly, 20(6): 1157-1177.

Fan, G. (1994). “Incremental Changes and Dual-Track Transition: Understanding the Case of China”, Economic Policy, 9(19): 99-122.

Tao, R. and Xu, Z. (2006). “Groping for Stones to Cross the River versus Coordinated Policy Reforms: The Case of Two Reforms in China”. Journal of PolicyReform9(3): 177-201.

Tang, S. and Lo, C. W. (2009). The Political Economy of Service Organization Reform in China: An Institutional Choice Analysis. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 19 (4): 731-767.

Week 5. Civil service in China

Burns, J. (1987). “China’s Nomenklatura System”. Problems of Communism,36 (5),36-51.

Chan, H.S. (2004). “Cadre Personnel Management in China: The NomenklaturaSystem 1990-1998”. The China Quarterly 179, 703-734.

Jing, Y. and Zhu, Q. (2011). “Civil Service Reform in China: An Unfinished Task of Value Balancing”. Review of Public Personnel Administration. Forthcoming.

Chan, H.S. (2007). “Civil Service Law in the PRC: A Return to Cadre PersonnelManagement”. Public Administration Review 67(3) 383-398.

Week 6. Policy making and implementation

Zhao, Q. (1992). “Domestic Factors of Chinese Foreign Policy: From Vertical to Horizontal Authoritarianism”. Annals of the AmericanAcademy of Political and Social Science 519: 158-175.

Heilmann, S. (2008). “Policy Experimentation in China’s Economic Rise”. Studies in Comparative International Development 43:1–26

O'Brien, K.& Li, L. (1999).Selective Policy Implementation in Rural China”. Comparative Politics31(2): 167-186.

Zheng, H., de Jong, M. and Koppenjan, J. (2010).Applying policy network theory to policy-making in China: The Case of the Urban Health Insurance Reform”.Public Administration88(2):398-417.

Li, L. (2009).Decision-Making in Chinese Local Administrative Reform: Path Dependence, Agency and Implementation, Public Administration and Development 29(1): pp 79-87.

Week 7.Corruption and administrative ethics

Walder, A. (2003). “Elite Opportunity in Transitional Economies” American Sociological Review 68(6): 899-916.

Sun, Y. (1999). “Reform, State, and Corruption: Is Corruption Less Destructive in China than in Russia?”Comparative Politics 32(1): 1-20.

Lu, X. (1999). ‘From Rank-Seeking to Rent-Seeking: Changing Administrative Ethos and Corruption in Reform China’, Crime, Law & Social Change 32: 347-370.

Lu, X. (2000). “Booty Socialism, Bureau-Preneurs, and the State in Transition: Organizational Corruption in ChinaComparative Politics 32(3): 273-294.

Gong, T. (2009). “Institutional Learning and Adaptation: Developing State Audit Capacity in China, Public Administration and Development 29(1): 33-41.

Week 8. Fiscal reforms

Wang, S. (1997).China's 1994 Fiscal Reform: An Initial Assessment”. Asian Survey 37(9): 801-817.

Lin, Y. and Liu, Z. (2000). Fiscal Decentralization and Economic Growth in China. Economic Development & Cultural Change 49(1): 1-21.

Oi, Jean. (1992). “Fiscal Reform and the Economic Foundations of LocalState Corporatism in China”, World Politics 45(1): 99-126.

Zhao, Z. (2009). “Fiscal Decentralization and Provincial-Level Fiscal Disparities in China: A Sino-U.S. Comparative Perspective”. Public Administration Review, 69 (special issue): 67-74.

Ma, J. (2009). “The Dilemma of Developing Financial Accountability without Election: A Study of China's Recent Budget Reforms”, Australian Journal of Public Administration 68(Supplement s1): 62–72.

Week 9. Intergovernmental relations

Li, L. (2010). “Central-local relations in the People's Republic of China: Trends, processes and impacts for policy implementation”. Public Administration and Development30(3):177–190.

Ang, Y. Y. (2009). “Centralizing treasury management in China: The rationale of the central reformers”, Public Administration and Development29(4): 263–273.

Montinola, G; Qian, Y.; and Weingast, B. (1995).Federalism, Chinese Style: The Political Basis for Economic Success in China”. World Politics 48(1): 50-81.

Wedeman, A. (2001). “Incompetence, Noise, and Fear in Central-Local Relations in China.Studies in Comparative International Development 35(4): 59-83.

Jing, Y. and Liu, X. (2009). Intergovernmental fiscal relations in China: An assessment, In Local Governance under Press: Fiscal Retrenchment and Expanding Public Demands on Government, Pp.73-93.

Week 10. Privatization in China

Cao, Y.; Qian, Y.; & Weingast, B. (1999). “From federalism, Chinese style to privatization, Chinese style” Economics of Transition 7(1): 103-131.

Fong, W. & Lam, K. (2004). “Privatization and Performance” Chinese Economy 37(4): 5-27.

Wong, L. (1994). “Privatization of Social Welfare in Post-Mao China”.Asian Survey 34(4): 307-325.

Ding, X. (2000). “Informal Privatization through Internationalization: The Rise of Nomenklatura Capitalism in China's Offshore Businesses.British Journal of Political Science 30(1): 121-146.

Week 11. Guest lectures

Week 12. Public-private partnership

Jing, Y. (2008). “Outsourcing in China: An exploratory Assessment”.Public Administration and Development 28(2): 119-128.

Chang, M; Memon, M. & Imura, H. (2003). “International Experience of Public-Private Partnerships for Urban Environmental Infrastructure, and its Application to China.International Review for Environmental Strategies 4(2): 223-248.

Jing, Y. & Savas. E.S. (2009). “Managing Collaborative Service Delivery: Comparing China and the United States. Public Administration ReviewSpecial Issue: 101-107.

Liu, Y.; Zhao, G. & Wang, S. (2010). “Many Hands, Much Politics, Multiple Risks–The Case of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Stadium”. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 69(S1): S85–S98.

Week 13. Civil society and government-nonprofit collaboration

Teets, J. (2010). “Varying State-Society Relationships in Authoritarian Regimes: A Relational Model of Civil Society and the LocalState in China”, working paper.

Wong, L. (2008). “The Third Sector and Residential Care for the Elderly in China's Transitional Welfare Economy”. Australian Journal of Public Administration67(1):89–96.

Jing, Y. and Gong, T. (2012). Managed Social Innovation: The Case of Government-Sponsored Venture Philanthropy in Shanghai. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 71(2): 233–245.

Zhang, Z. and Guo, C. (2012).Advocacy by Chinese Nonprofit Organizations: Towards a Responsive Government? Australian Journal of Public Administration, 71(2): 221–232.

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