Governance in China

  • Philip Andrews-SpeedEmail author
  • Sufang Zhang
Part of the Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies book series (PSAPS)


This chapter applies the concepts relating to institutionalism and public policy presented in Chap.  3 to outline selected characteristics of political and economic governance in China. China resembles a mature, limited access social order in which state building is still in progress. A relatively large number of sophisticated organisations and institutions have emerged over the last 40 years, but they mainly owe their existence to the Communist Party. Although the government has shown the ability to adapt and innovate, China’s adaptive efficiency continues to be constrained by the nature of the governance institutions. Within the organisational field of energy, the prevailing policy paradigm and other institutional logics also constrain the way in which the sector is governed.


Governance Institutional environment Energy sector Path dependency 


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  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.North China Electric Power UniversityBeijingChina

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