Governance for Harmony: An Ideological Configuration



Quan presents a structural analysis of governance in this chapter. As the major part of the book, it covers the analytical details of the Chinese version of governance. Adopting the ideal-type method, Quan examines the depth and breadth of the architectural structure of governance discourse. Three distinct dimensions—normative principles, narrative of reality and technical skills—are used to classify various propositions and suggestions from a sample of governance texts. These statements are then integrated into a coherent system to illuminate three interlocking aspects of the potential ideal-type conception. As Quan makes clear, the ideological scheme of governance is not a simple response to any particular policy at present. It rather provides a coherent picture in which the neoliberal turn of state policy can be rationalized and further refined, based on a logical move from normative principles to a practical agenda. The chapter concludes with the strength of governance (compared with its left- and right-wing counterparts) as the discursive form of Chinese neoliberal plutocracy.


Ideological Configuration Governmental Texts Civil Organizations Authentic Governance Bureaucratic Cadres 
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  • Quan Li
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  1. 1.Sun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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