This course introduces participants to the policymaking architecture of the People’s Republic of China, including the formal and informal mechanisms through which policy is formulated, coordinated and implemented. Sessions examine the role of the Chinese Communist Party, centre-local relations, bureaucratic bargaining and coordination mechanisms and processes, and features of the system that have ensured the Party-state’s resilience through decades of profound social and economic change. The course also examines the major public policy challenges confronting the Chinese Communist Party and considers, in light of the November 2017 Party Congress, the likely social, political and economic directions that the Party will take in the coming years.
$1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable.
The course is divided into four sessions. The first two (morning) sessions examine China’s political system and the role of Party and state (dual structure) agencies in policy coordination. The second session examines institutional changes that have made the Chinese Party-state a sophisticated policy-making machine that presents its as a viable alternative to Western liberal democratic models.
The afternoon sessions consider the major public policy challenges confronting the Party today, including economic restructuring, environmental degradation, civil service integrity, land and agricultural modernization, social welfare, ethnic unrest and foreign policy (with a focus on the Belt and Road initiative), and the implications of policy responses for the region, including Australia.
Dr Ben Hillman
Dr. Ben Hillman is a specialist on Chinese politics and political change in Asia. He has lived in China for more than six years. His 2014 book Patronage and Power (Stanford University Press) examines how informal institutions contribute to policy coordination and regime stability.