Reflections on Critical Engagement



Quan concludes the book by summarizing the main findings of his analysis and some potential contributions to the Weberian tradition. He first distinguishes the character of the Chinese version of governance in comparison with some popular models of governance in the recent global trends of government reform. Then, he takes stock of all theoretical issues to reflect their significance for the possible updating of the Weberian tradition. This is a legitimate and promising question, since it is the original requirement of the methodology of ideal types, proposed by Weber himself. Finally, he suggests a potential research agenda for pursuing a contextual theory of governance in the context of Chinese transitional politics. This valuable task allows us to imagine the future of governance ideas with reference to deepening neoliberalization in China.


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

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