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Experimental Governance in China

Research seminar with Professor Zhiyuan Cui, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing

4-6pm, Thursday 4 December 2014
Room F-WB1.13, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, King's College London

*All welcome*


Experimentalist governance, according to the Oxford Handbook of Governance, is a "recursive process of provisional goal-setting and revision based on learning from the comparison of alternative approaches to advancing them in different contexts." This presentation explores the usefulness of this approach to understand China's governance process. It will highlight the significance of the distinction between the system and the capacity of governance made in the 3rd Plenum of the 18th Party Congress.

About the speaker

Zhiyuan Cui is a Professor at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing. He received his PhD in Political Science from University of Chicago in 1995. His writings include: The Dilemma of Invisible Hand Paradigm (Chinese version, 1999, Economic Science Publisher, Beijing); The Second Thought Liberalization Movement and Institutional Innovation (Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 1997), Whither China? (Seoul, 2003),and A Petty Bourgeois Socialism Manifesto (Seoul,2014). He is a co-author (with Adam Przeworski et al) of Sustainable Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and has edited an edition of Robert Unger's Politics: The Central Texts (Verso, 1997). With Huang Ping, he co-edited China and Globalization: Washington Consensus, Beijing Consensus or what? (Beijing, 2005). He took a leave of absence from Tsinghua University from 2010 to 2011 to work as Assistant Director of State Asset Management Committee of Chongqing Government.

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