This book offers readers a comprehensive introduction to the functions of the government in contemporary China. Further, it creates a framework to describe urban governance in today’s China, which consists of four basic modes: the omnipotent government mode, autonomous governance mode, integrated governance mode and cooperative governance mode.
The book defines a “city” as a gathering place for high-quality public service resources, and the basic task of urban governance is to provide high-quality public services and maintain the sustainability of fiscal revenues. By focusing on current “hot topics” in urban governance in China, including the institutional development of urban governance, model interpretation, city/county relationship, cross-border governance, cross-sectoral coordination, street management, community service provision, and municipal performance evaluation, it clarifies a number of common misunderstandings in the field of urban management and practice.
Lastly, the book analyses the current integrated governance model used in Chinese cities, which relies on the authority of the government and integrates the market and social subjects across borders by means of qualification identification, resource support, elite absorption, party-group embeddedness, and project cooperation. However, this model is currently facing several problems. In order to address the potential risks of integrated governance, the book argues that we need to develop new institutional arrangements based on collaborative governance.
Hongshan Yang is a Professor and Doctoral Supervisor at the School of Public Management, Renmin University of China; Director of the Institute of Public Finance and Public Policy; and is also the Deputy Secretary General of the Graduate Education Steering Committee of the National Public Administration Professional Degree. His interests include intergovernmental relations, urban governance, and China's policy process, and his published works include Intergovernmental Relations, Economic Globalization and Political Development, Contemporary China's Political Relations, Municipal Administration and other textbooks, as well as the translation of Urban Management: American Perspective. He has also published more than 40 journal papers. He presided over the National Social Science Foundation project “Research on Urban Governance Structure Based on Resident Autonomy” and Beijing Social Science Foundation major project “Research on Policy Innovation Mechanism of Chinese Local Government”. He received the Huo Yingdong Education Foundation’s Young Teachers Award, Peking University’s Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the Beijing Higher Education Excellent Textbook Award, and was named one of Renmin University of China’s Top Ten Teaching Pioneers.
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