Comparative Governance

This course will examine key issues related to governance, surveys relevant literature, and compares the case of China with other countries in the world. Its goal is to help students better understand the evolution, current status, and future directions of governance from a historical and comparative perspective.

The course will start with an introduction of the basic concepts of governance and examine why and how has “governance” become a buzzword in the last 30 some years. After providing an overview of the evolution of governance of China in the second session, we will examine some key governance issues in more detailed fashion. The topics covered include coercion, extraction, incorporation, identification, regulation, steering, redistribution, democracy and global governance. Finally, we will discuss current challenges and future prospects of China’s governance system. A couple of field trips will be arranged for students to gain a practical appreciation of the challenges and complexities of governance system in China. Students are encouraged to bring in the comparative perspectives during the class discussion.

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