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    China’s governance puzzle: Transparency and participation in a one-party state
    Co-hosted with The Asia Foundation

    When: Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:30 — 11:00 a.m.

    Where: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC


    China is widely viewed as a global powerhouse that has achieved a remarkable economic transformation with little political change. Less well known is that China’s leaders have also implemented far-reaching governance reforms designed to promote government transparency and increase public participation in official policymaking. What are the motivations behind these reforms and, more importantly, what is their impact on China’s political trajectory? This puzzle lies at the heart of a new book by Jonathan Stromseth, Edmund Malesky, and Dimitar Gueorguiev, “China’s Governance Puzzle: Enabling Transparency and Participation in a Single-Party State” (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

    On March 31, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and The Asia Foundation will co-host the authors of this extensive new study and feature a discussion by Wang Xixin and Ji Hongbo. This expert panel will discuss the book’s findings and their implications for China’s future. Comparing across provinces and over time, the authors argue the reforms are resulting in lower corruption and enhanced legal compliance, but these outcomes also depend on a broader societal ecosystem that includes an active media and robust civil society.

    After the session, panelists will take audience questions. Copies of the book will be available for sale before and after the discussion.

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