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Toward multilevel governance in China? Coping with complex public affairs across jurisdictions and organizations.

Ongaro, Edoardo; Gong, Ting and Jing, Yijia (2019). Toward multilevel 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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Abstract

This special issue argues for the applicability of the conceptual framework of multilevel governance to the political–administrative regime of China, provided significant adaptations and qualifications are developed. The application of multilevel 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 multilevel 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 multilevel 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 multilevel 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 multilevel governance.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
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: 61586
Depositing User: Tracey Moore
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 09:59
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 06:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/61586
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