T01P04 - Mechanisms of Local Policy Experimentation in China

Topic : Policy Process Theories

Panel Chair : Xufeng Zhu - zhuxufeng@tsinghua.edu.cn

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

Decades of literature in study helps understand policy experimentation in western democratic countries. For example, governments with sharing similar social problems and political pressures created by electoral institutions tend to responds by adopting similar welfare and regulatory policies. Likewise, geographically proximity facilitates neighboring governments mutually learn from each other. In terms of vertical intergovernmental relations, central (or federal) governments sometimes design policy experimentations through top-down legislation, or select pilot sites to implement policy experimentations.

However, some distinct features in authoritarian China, such as political loyalty, fiscal resource sharing, administrative centralization, and peer competition, have much complicated our analysis on policy experimentation. Unfortunately, it is still unclear why and how policy experimentation occurs in authoritarian regimes like China. This panel will discuss the dynamics of policy experimentation in the specific circumstance of China.


Call for papers

Papers that address any aspects of policy experimentation in China are welcome. Topics may include but are not limited to:


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