Although China is characterized as an authoritarian state, there is in fact a great deal of consultation in the policy making process. This often involves experts, many of whom are based in think tanks or similar institutions. The degree of access to the policy making process varies, and consequently some experts influence the policy making process significantly and others not. This book explores how experts in China engage with the policy making process and the circumstances which affect how far they are able to influence policy making.
Table of contents:
Preface Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Outside-In Enlightenment Chapter 3: Direct Consultation Chapter 4: Locked-out Chapter 5: Civic Activism Chapter 6: Conclusion
Xufeng Zhu is Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China. He serves as Director of the Think Tank Research Center of the school. He is the author of The Rise of Think Tanks in China (2013). His recent publications include articles in Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration, Governance, Policy Studies Journal, Policy Sciences, Public Management Review, The China Quarterly, Pacific Affairs, and so on.