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Constructing a Chinese Version of Governance Discourse

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Abstract

Quan offers a dynamic threefold analysis of the conceptual changes of governance. First, he identifies the general trends of governance ideas in the academic discipline of Chinese politics. Second, he describes the process of governance ideas being adapted into a supportive part of the dominant political discourses. Third, he considers the practical policy consequences of this nascent political-administrative concept. In the early stage of contextualization of governance, it was incorporated into disciplinary discourses before undergoing intellectual development in subsequent periods. In the second stage of contextualization, a localized perspective of governance began to dominate theoretical debates and prevail in empirical policy. As a consequence, a paradigmatic transition inspired by governance ideas has occurred within the academic discipline since the early years of this century. Based on these findings, Quan argues that the idea of governance from the very beginning does not originate from ivory-tower work. Rather, every stage of its intellectual developments, spreads, refinements, and applications is deeply embedded in the political project of neoliberalism.

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  • Quan Li
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  1. 1.Sun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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