Chinese Political Science Review

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List of Papers (Total 90)

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Challenge of Global Environmental Change in the Anthropocene: An Analysis of Brazil and China

Human activities are central to the debate on global environmental changes, constituted as unprecedented challenges to contemporary societies in transition to the Anthropocene. Regarding social and political dimensions of global environmental changes and the perspective of risk society, this article analyses how Brazil and China are politically responding to these challenges. It...

Comparative Politics and Area Specialization: The Hidden Costs of Analytic Transparency

New transparency initiatives emerging from Western political science make an ill-fitting standard for global comparativists who serve as experts in countries and regions—that is, area specialists. This study explores the origins of the current push for greater research transparency, including its underlying norms and genesis in the natural sciences. Noting its strict adherence to...

Guanxi, Weiqi and Chinese Strategic Thinking

In their perceptions and preferences of Guanxi, the Chinese follow a relational way of thinking, which is in stark contrast to the American generic way of thinking. This difference lies in how Chinese and Americans behave in playing board games and engaging with others in real life. The game of Weiqi signifies the Chinese way of gaming, whereas the game of Chess denotes the...

Why is Governance Invalid at the Grass Roots of Society?

This article aims to explore the reasons for the plight of Chinese grass-roots community governance produced. The article points out that the organizational structure of Chinese society has undergone major changes: it is the transition from the “danwei” society to the public society. On the one hand, the substantial reduction in the “danwei” population covered and on the other...

Rethinking the Causes of Corruption: Perceived Corruption, Measurement Bias, and Cultural Illusion

This paper extends the empirical research on determinants of corruption conducted during the last 20 years. It argues that the apparent correlations between cultural traditions and a country’s corruption level are not valid causal inferences. Instead, these correlations are primarily the artifacts of measurement bias on the dependent variable. Corruption measured by perception...

The Internet and China’s Foreign Policy Decision-making

As a milestone of media convergence, the Internet is altering every aspect of politics, economy, society, and interaction among human beings. Moreover, foreign policy decision-making (FPDM), a traditional arena of elite politics in China, is also slowly becoming more and more influenced by the Internet in a networked world. The increased diversity, velocity and free flow of...

Two Roads to a World Community: Comparing Stoic and Confucian Cosmopolitanism

From the late twentieth century, cosmopolitanism is reviving in both the Western world and China (in the name of “Tianxia Zhuyi”). In a changing world where modern nation-state system is facing more and more challenges, it is interesting and helpful to compare their respective ancestors: Stoic cosmopolitanism and Confucian cosmopolitanism. The first section of the article...

The Political Economy of Civil Service Pay in China: A Panel Data Analysis

How does the Chinese government pay its officials in different regions? What determines regional variation in civil service pay? These are important questions for understanding the Chinese government. We argue that regional difference of civil service pay is shaped by both political and economic factors. After review of policy changes in government salaries since the 1950s, we...

The Bene-Ideal: China’s Cosmopolitan Vision of World Order

With the rise of China in modern global affairs, the construction of a Chinese international relations (IR) theory that accounts for both its distinctive vision of world order and its overall foreign policy position has become a topical issue. This essay proposes a cosmopolitan approach to Chinese IR centered on the concept of bene-ideal, by which I mean the cosmopolitan wish to...

The Development Orientation of Chinese Political Science: Based on the Analysis of Subjects of Political Science Disciplines Approved by the National Social Science Fund of China

Subjects approved by the National Social Science Fund of China basically represent the basic requirements of disciplinary development and academic research proposed by the country, and the results also show the highest level of academic study. With subjects of political science disciplines approved by the National Social Science Fund of China from 2011 to 2015 as the analysis...

Between Sinification and Internationalization: Chinese Political Science in the Post-Reform Era

The story of Chinese political science since Reform and Opening-up is one that parallels China itself: rapid and remarkable development. This article poses a series of questions regarding the current standing of Chinese political science, its relevance and future as a discipline within China, its contributions to Chinese academia, policy making, and society, and it place within a...