Who is making policies in China? Why don’t Chinese policymakers always choose the most efficient policies? Do people outside government have any influence on Chinese public policy? Why do Chinese policymakers make different choices from other countries which face similar problems? This course is designed to address these questions and introduce students to the “who, what, when, where, and why” of public policy in China. The course will examine the policy system in China, the policymaking process at the central and local government levels, and particular policy issues in a number of areas such as economic, social, and international policies. The course will focus on the role of institutions, the actors involved, agenda setting, problem identification, policy options, and policy communication.
The course will be taught through readings, videos, activities, and case studies. The cases provide examples of how practitioners have addressed specific policy issues. Guest lecturers will also be invited to share their insights on public policies in China.
By the end of the semester, students will have gained: 1) An understanding of the institutions, actors, and processes of public policy in China; 2) An awareness of how political, social, and historical contexts shape public policy formation; and 3) An ability to discuss and write about public policy issues and to think critically about current policy issues in China and abroad.