Chinese Political Science Review

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List of Papers (Total 90)

Populism and Corporatism in the Middle East and North Africa: a Comparative Analysis

This paper would first define the concepts of populism and corporatism often used to study political systems in Latin America and Europe, (specially Southern Europe). The utility and the relevance of the concepts for the study of politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions are delineated. Since our study of populism intends to not only shed light on populism as an...

Populism, is it Democracy’s Bastard or Twin? The Case of the European Union

What do we mean when we say populism? Is populism a threat for democracy or a contribution to improve a system whose performance falls below our expectations? This essay seeks to find an answer to these questions. Keeping the available literature in mind, it shall reflect on populism myths before presenting a new concept of populism. A concept based on fight for hegemony. The...

The “Enemy” Complex of Populism in American Ethnic Politics and Its Implications to Trump’s Foreign Policy

In the two types of American nationalism, while the culture-based nationalism finds its origins in the American settlerism tradition, the belief-based nationalism finds its roots in the American liberal tradition; while the former type of American nationalism can result in a closed and exclusive society, the later one an open and inclusive society. Hence, there is the “enemy...

Populism in Search of its Model

This article makes the case that populism needs to be understood in the context of a model. The key argument formulated in this article is that the phenomenon of populism does not lend itself to taut theoretical formulations. Consequently, the explanatory and the inferential reaches of populism are largely descriptive. However, “mere description” within the context of a model is...

Location, Location, Location: The Ethno-Geography of Oil and the Onset of Ethnic War

Challenging and improving upon existing studies, we develop a more integrated and fine-grained theory regarding oil and the onset of ethnic war and present systematic quantitative evidences for our theory. We contend that it is the ethno-geographical location of oil rather than oil income, rent, or relative distribution/concentration that really connects oil with the onset of...

Governing Climate Change Risks: Subnational Climate Policies in Brazil

Subnational governments play a key role producing responses to climate change risks involving policy strategies and instruments. This article analyzes how Brazilian municipal and state governments have developed and implemented climate change mitigation and adaptation public policies. We surveyed all cities’ and states’ climate policies within the country. The methodological...

Beyond Coercion: The New Politics of Conflict Processing in China

Coercive capacity matters for keeping stability of authoritarian regime. Yet governing conflict is more than deployment of coercion. State response to contentious politics can be classified by the form of power it uses to direct challenging behaviors. This paper suggests a typology of conflict processing mechanism and uses it to illustrate the diversity of China’s domestic...

BRICS Development Strategies: Exploring the Meaning of BRICS ‘Community’ and ‘Collective Action’ in the Context of BRICS State Led Cooperation in South Africa

The BRICS partnership has been portrayed in mainstream social media as an inter-state initiative that could challenge the geo-political hegemony of the Western bloc. Thus, far relatively little has been said about the prospect of extending the partnership to the level of ordinary citizens and how this might be achieved. A declared goal of BRICS, articulated in 2016, is that of...

China’s Illiberal Regulatory State in Comparative Perspective

This study reviews the development of Chinese regulation against the history of the development of the regulatory state in the West. Section One discusses the rise of the regulatory state in western democracies in an age of concern about state expansion. It notes that, generally speaking, the regulatory state in a liberal democratic setting has become accepted as enabling liberal...

Brazilian Public Administration: Shaping and Being Shaped by Governance and Development

This manuscript analyzes the changes in Brazilian public administration and its relation with governance and development trends in the country. The case of the environmental agencies is used to exemplify those changes in the last decades. There are three main modes in the Brazilian public administration: patrimonialism, bureaucratic, and managerial. Even though reforms have taken...

The Competition Law Institutions in the BRICS Countries: Developing Better Institutional Models for the Protection of Market Competition

The paper provides a comparative overview of the BRICS competition regimes with a special focus on the institutional design of the national competition authorities in these countries. It analyses the institutional design of the competition law authorities in the BRICS countries by looking at their autonomy, resources (financial and human), enforcement powers, technical capacity...

Assessing Administrative Reform in India

This paper outlines trends in efforts at administrative reform in India. It spans the shift of ideological paradigm of the Indian political economy. While the pre-1991 period was marked by a waning Statism, structural economic reforms marked a shift towards neo-liberal public management in the post 1991 period. This shift made the role of markets more salient as a framework for...

Russian Governance Changes and Performance

The article analyses the system of public governance in Russia, including two main sub-divisions of reforms, namely, civil service reform, and administrative reform. The authors examine the principal historical stages of both reforms as the parts of the Russian system of public governance evolution. The configuration of main actors of Russian governance reforms and of government...

Creative Incrementalism: Governance Reforms in China Since 1978

Since China started its reform and opening up in 1978, four decades of continuous development have made China the world’s second largest economy and a major geopolitical player with global influences. Such a steady and exponential development was achieved despite unprecedented socioeconomic and population changes. This paper proposes a concept of creative incrementalism that...

South Africa in the Twenty-First Century: Governance Challenges in the Struggle for Social Equity and Economic Growth

Since the advent of democracy in 1994, South Africa has undergone an extensive process of state reform aimed at overcoming the legacy of Apartheid and at building a more egalitarian social and political order. Whilst progress has been made in reforming the state infrastructure, the pursuit of an inconsistent economic growth path has meant that inequality and poverty remain...

Does Conditionality Still Work? China’s Development Assistance and Democracy in Africa

Previous studies have found that the democratizing effect of conditional aid is temporally contingent: the collapse of the Soviet Union as an alternative source of aid enhanced the effectiveness of Western aid conditionality with respect to democratic reforms being adopted in Africa. Does conditionality still work with China’s rise as a major donor since the early 2000s? This...

Normative Differences in Chinese and European Discourses on Global Security: Obstacles and Opportunities for Cooperation

This article attempts to provide an answer to the puzzle of how to account for the variations in levels and effectiveness of security cooperation between the EU and China, particularly given the apparently structural nature of the main factors affecting their security relationship. The hypothesis put forward in this study is that normative differences and overlaps could hold...

Prospects for European and Eurasian Security and China’s Future Choices

The escalating crisis and ever changing developments in Ukraine and Syria have sparked widespread concern in China and among the international community at large. What are the security prospects confronting Europe and the Eurasian region? This paper will illustrate the current developments and future outlook of these regions by studying diachronically how Europe and the Eurasian...

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Status-Seeking: China’s Foray into Global Economic Governance

Despite the long-standing debate on the rise of China, there has been relatively little attention to the country’s status concerns. This article therefore examines how China sought an enhanced international status by looking into the illustrative case of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). To this end, it employs the social identity theory (SIT) framework applied to...

The Design of Social and Political Research

Good social and political research requires an explicit design. In this article, this is illustrated by a cycle of choices that begin with the transformation of an idea into a topic and end with the drawing of inferences from the patterns of association one finds. In between lie critical decisions about concepts, hypotheses, indicators, case selection, measurement and tests for...

Reconciliation and Peace Building in International Relations: An Empirical Analysis of Five Cases

To understand why some former adversaries have achieved deeper reconciliation than others, this article conducts an empirical study on five cases of reconciliation and peace building in the post-World War II era: the Franco–German relations, the Polish–German relations, the Polish–Soviet (Russian) relations, the South Korean–Japanese relations, and the Sino–Japanese relations. We...

Europe’s New Rogue States, Poland and Hungary: A Narrative and Its Perspectives

This analytical essay is a short investigation into the narrative that there are new “rouge states” in Central Eastern Europe (CEE), namely Poland and Hungary. The text discusses the politically relevant backgrounds as well as pros and cons of such an imaginary and the perspectives in the framework of Europe’s current critical transition.

Control, Discretion and Bargaining: the Politics of Provincial Leader Rotation in China

Using the case of China, this paper illustrates how single-party regimes utilize personnel power to manage the strained relationship between the central and subnational governments. After explaining the sources of central–local tension in the reform-period China, I present descriptive statistics to show how the center stepped up the rotation of provincial leaders as an instrument...

The AIIB and China’s Normative Power in International Financial Governance Structure

This article examines the role of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in China’s emerging normative power in international financial governance area. Based on the existing framework of normative power concept, the AIIB’s role in China’s normative power is examined from three angles: normative principles, norm diffusion, and external perception. As a Chinese initiative...