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Theory and Practice of Policy Transfer in a Changing China

Author: Dr. Zhang Yanzhe

ISBN: 978-1-84464-470-4

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-471-1

Hardback - 265 pages

Mar 31, 2016


£65 €78 $98



This book aims to make a theoretical, empirical and prescriptive contribution to the contemporary study of policy transfer. In the first regard, it observes that despite bold claims to the contrary (see Dolowitz and Marsh, 1996; and Evans, ed., 2010), most studies of policy transfer are characterised by their mono-cultural understanding of the process of policy-oriented learning reflected in an obsession with the destination of transfer rather than its original policy setting or settings. This betrays an absence of strong comparative investigation of the process of learning. Moreover, existing approaches to the study of policy transfer networks (the process of policy learning) are limited by their narrow epistemological perspectives as in the main they tend to lend undue focus on actors, ideas/interests or structure. Following the work of Marsh and Smith on policy networks (2000), this book contends that these elements cannot be separately analyzed. It therefore advances an interactive model of policy transfer networks that investigates the process of learning through three interactive dimensions: between structure and agents, network and context, and network and outcome. The book’s second main contribution – the presentation of original case study explorations of the role of policy transfer in facilitating the rise of the Quasi-Competition State. The book contends that policy transfer has become a key policy instrument in the process of transition from a command to a market socialist economy, and latterly to what may be termed a Quasi-Competition State. Indeed, in order to meet the perceived imperatives of state transformation, the ‘Reform and Open Door’ policy has been featured by a broad range of processes of policy learning. It is, however, beyond the scope of this book to present a comprehensive description and explanation of this complex and multi-faceted reform process, rather the aim of this account is to provide an examination of certain processes of policy transfer which are broadly indicative of the dynamics of change underpinning the incremental process of reform.



Table of Contents Abstract Acknowledgements Abbreviations and Acronyms Chapter One: Drawing the Parameters of Book Confucius said, ‘To approach a task from the wrong end can lead to nothing but trouble.’ Confucius, The Analects, 2.16. Chapter Two: China’s Development- a History of Pragmatic Ideological Learning Chapter Three: Debating Policy Transfer Chapter Four: Human Resources Development in China – the Case of the China Europe Public Administration Programme (CEPA) Chapter Five: Policy Transfer, Pensions and Long-term Care Policy in China Chapter Six: Policy Transfer and Banking Sector Reform – the Case of Strategic Management Chapter Seven: Policy Transfer and Property Management in China Chapter Eight: Economic Harmonization and the World Trade Organization – the Case of China’s Growth Enterprises Market Chapter Nine: Comparing Policy Transfers In Conclusion – Why Ideas and Bounded Rationality Matter in Policy Transfer Bibliography Internet References Primary Case Study Resources


About the Author:

Dr. Yanzhe Zhang: is a Senior Research Fellow at Australia-New Zealand School of Government Institute for Governance. He is also an fellow of Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra (Australia). Thus, Dr. Yanzhe Zhang is an adjunct professor at Jilin University (China). Yanzhe is also the coordinator of Australia- China Public Administration and Governance Program. Before taking up these roles he was senior Lecture at Liaoning University (China). Yanzhe is the designer of senior executive training program for Australian National Audit Office and China National Audit Office. He is an expert on public sector governance with a particular emphasis on citizen-centric governance. Yanzhe’s research has centred on: a) evaluating the role, real and potential, of policy transfer in institution-building in developed and developing areas; b) studying the nature and impact of administrative reform in developed and transition states; c) evaluating state policy responses to processes of globalisation; and, d) evaluating critical issues in Australian and Chinese governance. The research theme that binds all of these areas together is his interest in public sector institution-building and processes of governance.

The third and final contribution of this book lies in its identification of the ingredients of rational policy transfer which can hopefully help guide future Chinese policy-makers to more progressive policy outcomes.

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