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Toward Multi-Level Governance in China? Coping with complex public affairs across jurisdictions and organizations

Ongaro, Edoardo; Gong, Ting and Jing, Yijia (2019). Toward Multi-Level Governance in China? Coping with complex public affairs across jurisdictions and organizations. Public Policy and Administration, 34(2) pp. 105–120.

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This special issue argues for the applicability of the conceptual framework of Multi-Level Governance to the political–administrative regime of China, provided significant adaptations and qualifications are developed. The application of Multi-Level Governance to China enables to account for global influences as well as for the involvement of non-governmental actors in public policy making. More radically, we suggest in this introductory article that the development of Multi-Level Governance may be interpreted as a way of enhancing the societal legitimacy of the political regime under the conditions of new authoritarianism. We conclude this article by drawing a fascinating yet possibly hazardous and overstretched parallel; that is, the development of Multi-Level Governance may be part and parcel of a process of building political legitimacy in China, just as it may be a way of exploring paths for the renewal of beleaguered traditional liberal democracy in Europe. Albeit along profoundly different trajectories, China and Europe might adopt Multi-Level Governance arrangements for a very purposive course of action: enhancing the legitimacy of the respective and very diverse political systems and buttressing their very foundations. This suggests a strongly normative and purposive application of Multi-Level Governance.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 1749-4192
Keywords: administration and democracy; intergovernmental relations; Multi-Level Governance; transition countries
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 56988
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Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 08:26
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 18:17
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