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Book on governance in China launched at LSE

A groundbreaking publication by Professor Jude Howell, Governance in China [Rowman and Littlefield Publishers], will be launched in the UK at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Monday 2 February.

Over the past two decades, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has paradoxically steered the development of a thriving capitalist economy. Unlike many faltering post-socialist states, China has witnessed a tide of economic entrepreneurialism that has raised living standards and the country's global economic stature. However, the strains of rapid economic change and the tensions between an increasingly liberalised economy and the partially reformed institutions of an authoritarian polity have become increasingly severe. Crucial to the success of further economic reform and development, good governance is the greatest challenge faced by the CCP.

This new book, edited by Professor Jude Howell, director for the Centre for Civil Society, Department of Social Policy at LSE, explores the key dimensions of governance in China, including:

  • The prospects for political reform as a new generation of leaders comes to power and China enters the World Trade Organisation
  • The processes of building institutions, such as developing a clean, competent and meritocracy-based civil service, and improving the legislative framework
  • Enhancing regime legitimacy through the sharing of power at lower levels and promoting citizen participation and voice
  • The prevention of management of social discontent, with particular reference to worker unrest and the Falun Gong.

Drawing on original fieldwork, the international group of authors provides a systematic analysis of the underlying political, institutional, and economic causes underlying China's governance problems and considers the prospects for future social and political change.

Professor Jude Howell said: 'China has been growing at a breakneck pace over the last two decades and will soon overtake the UK as the world's fourth largest economy. Understanding the consequences of this rapid socio-economic change for governance processes in China is vital, both for the UK and the global political community.'

Governance in China, edited by Professor Jude Howell, is launched on Monday 2 February at 5.15pm in the Senior Common Room, 5th Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London, WC2A. The event is free and open to all but pre registration is required. To register please e-mail events@lse.ac.uk or phone Shona Macfarlane on 0207 955 7484.


To request a review copy please contact Gary Hall, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, on 01865 865466; email: gary.hall@oppuk.co.uk|; fax: 01865 862763.

To register press attendance at the book launch, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


Governance in China is published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers on 2 February 2004 in the UK.
Hardback; £52. ISBN: 0-7425-1987-2
Paperback: £20.95. ISBN: 0-7425-1988-0

To order direct in UK and Europe, call 01752 202301
To order direct in USA, call 1 800 462 6420.


Introduction - Jude Howell; Elite Responses to Social Change and Globalization - Joe Fewsmith ; Governance and Civil Service Reform - John P. Burns ; Reforming State Institutions: Privatizing The Lawyers' System - Zhu Sanzhu ; Bringing Culture Back In - Michael Keane ; Local Governance: Village and Township Direct Elections - Linda Jakobson ; Neighborhood-Level Governance: The Growing Social Foundation of a Public Sphere - Zhang Jing ; New Directions in Civil Society: Organizing around Marginalized Interests - Jude Howell ; Gender and Governance: The Rise of New Women's Organizations - Du Jie ; The Working Class and Governance - Marc Blecher ; Governance and the Political Challenge of the Falun Gong - Clemens Ostergaard ; Conclusion - Jude Howell .

26 January 2004