Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 457–458 | Cite as

Chinas Governance Puzzle: Enabling Transparency and Participation in a Single-Party State by Jonathan R. Stromseth, Edmund J. Malesky, and Dimitar D. Gueorguiev

(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 343p. Paper, $34.97
  • Lowell DittmerEmail author
Book Review

This study of the unique Chinese model of effective governance is certainly a model of academic collaboration. Jonathan R. Stromseth has a chair at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Brookings and was the country representative for the Asia Foundation in Beijing; Edmund J. Malesky is a professor of political science at Duke; and Dimitar D. Gueorguiev is a professor of political science at Syracuse University. This team worked closely with Wang Xixin, vice dean of the law school at Peking University, and Lai Hairong, at the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau in Beijing. They recruited 75 research assistants to collect 130,000 data points on 1000 indicators and information on all 31 provinces over a period of two decades. This extensive collaboration allowed them to pursue both quantitative and qualitative indicators of China’s governance. The “puzzle” they set out to solve derives from the (Western) political science literature, according to which authoritarian rule and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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