Chinese Political Science Review

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List of Papers (Total 78)

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 ...

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 serious ...

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, ...

Research on Street-Level Discretion in the West: Past, Present, and the Future

Lipsky’s Street‐Level Bureaucracy (1980) led to a major paradigm shift in the study of public administration and bureaucracy. It identified discretion by frontline workers as a critical issue in the study of street-level bureaucracy. Chinese scholars have since 2000 joined research on street-level bureaucracy. Some reviews of the English literature on street-level bureaucracy have ...

An Imperfect Integration: Has Schengen Alienated Europe?

The Schengen Agreement is widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements of internal integration by the European Union. Free movement of people, goods, and capital in the Schengen Area is a great experiment in the whole history of human kind. However, not all of the European Union Member States are involved, or totally involved in this process. Some countries like the UK and ...

Complex Adaptive Systems and Comparative Politics: Modeling the Interaction between Institutions and Culture

Comparative politics aims to explain political, economic, and social patterns within and across countries. Two approaches dominate and divide the field. Rational choice approaches explain differences in accountability, equality, corruption, and growth as a function of institutional features. Cultural and historical approaches rely on thick descriptive accounts that consider the ...

With the Rise of China, What’s New for Comparative Politics?

The way political scientists engage with China has been more or less a one-way epistemological traffic—scholars study ideas, concepts, theories of political science, and go to China and examine the China case. Concepts or theories developed out of China studies are unlikely to become part of the standard political science lexicon. Due to the rich complexities made possible by the ...

Shared Challenges and Solutions: The Common Future of Comparative Politics and Quantitative Methodology

This essay joins the discussion on “The Future of Comparative Politics” from a perspective of methodology, and argues that the challenges concerned in Schmitter’s essay are not endemic to comparative politics but shared ones in other research fields including quantitative methods. Recent trends and developments in quantitative methods show that quantitative and qualitative methods ...

Comparative Politics: its Past, Present and Future

Comparative politics has always been schzofrenic. It is a powerful method of analysis and a useful source of information. Both have a promising future, but to realize it both will have to change. This essay explores the dilemmas facing the sub-discipline and suggests some solutions regarding assumptions, concepts and units of analysis and description. One reason for optimism is its ...

Simple and Formal Models in Comparative Politics

In this essay, we review the current state of formal theory in comparative politics. Although formal theoretical work has had an important impact of the development of political science, we demonstrate that formal theory remains a relatively small part of the subdiscipline of comparative politics. We then discuss the role of simplification in theory building more generally, arguing ...

Toward the Comparative Analysis of Transitions from State Socialism: Structure, Agency and Contingency

The comparative study of the transition from state socialism has much to gain from broadening its canvas from the good work that has already been done comparing the USSR/Russia with China and the comparisons among the former Central and Eastern European state socialisms. It can take as its starting point the well developed “transitology” from authoritarianism to democracy. But ...

China’s Rise and its Discursive Power Strategy

It is increasingly evident that China has attached more attention to discursive power in foreign policy since the early 21st century. Both top leaders and government agencies have been active in advocating for a new discourse on various international occasions. Previously, China has been reluctant to join the debate in international affairs, and been instead preoccupied with ...

The Future of Comparative Politics is its Past

Schmitter advocates that the future of comparative politics should be about addressing context, complexity, aggregate dynamics, limits to simplified cross-national generalizations, non-reductive assumptions about individual rationality, and an analytical method that is pragmatic and realistic in its assumptions. In this short essay, I argue that most of what Schmitter calls for as ...

From Peak to Trough: Decline of the Algerian “Islamist Vote”

What are the factors that facilitate or hinder Islamic political parties’ performance in elections in the Middle East and North Africa? Why did Algerian Islamists as an electoral force declined steadily over the past two decades? Why didn’t Algerian electoral Islamists present the same mobilization capacity as their counterparts in neighboring countries did in early 2010s following ...