The Palgrave Handbook of Local Governance in Contemporary China

  • Jianxing Yu
  • Sujian Guo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
  2. Governance in the Chinese Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Anna L. Ahlers, Thomas Heberer, Gunter Schubert
      Pages 73-93
    3. Jianxing Yu, Shizong Wang
      Pages 95-115
  3. Local Government

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Xufeng Zhu
      Pages 139-156
    3. Thomas Heberer
      Pages 157-177
  4. Civil Society Organizations and Mass Media

  5. Grassroots Governance

  6. Citizen Engagement

  7. Internet Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 419-419
    2. Feng Yang, Milton L. Mueller
      Pages 441-463
  8. Social Equity and Governance

  9. Urbanization and Governance

  10. Environmental and Energy Governance

About this book


This Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of local governance in China, and offers original analysis of key factors underpinning trends in this field drawing on the expertise of scholars both inside and outside China. It explores and analyzes the dynamic interaction and collaboration among multiple governmental and non-governmental actors and social sectors with an interest in the conduct of public affairs to address horizontal challenges faced by the local government, society, economy, and civil community and considers key issues such as governance in urban and rural areas, the impact of technology on governance and related issues of education, healthcare, environment and energy.

As the result of a global and interdisciplinary collaboration of leading experts, this Handbook offers a cutting-edge insight into the characteristics, challenges and trends of local governance and emphasizes the promotion of good governance and democratic development in China.

Jianxing Yu is a Changjiang Scholar Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Public Affairs at Zhejiang University, China. He is also Co Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Governance.

Sujian Guo is Professor at the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Center for US-China Policy Studies at San Francisco State University. He is also a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Governance.


Chinese governance Local governments Rural China Environmental politics Social politics Social movements Educational reform

Editors and affiliations

  • Jianxing Yu
    • 1
  • Sujian Guo
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Public AffairsZhejiang UniversityHangzhou, ZhejiangChina
  2. 2.Department of Political Science, and Center for US-China Policy StudiesSan Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco, CAUSA

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