This course provides an introduction to how politics works and how policy gets made in the People’s Republic of China. It explores the key institutions, people and processes behind top-level decision-making and the mechanisms used to implement decisions from the centre down.
Sessions examine the role of the Chinese Communist Party and its relationship to government, intergovernmental relations , bureaucratic bargaining and internal conflicts as well as the ways the Party is adapting to confront new challenges and ensure its survival. The course also examines the major public policy challenges confronting the Chinese Communist Party, including, health, the environment, inequality and economic reform.
Before 11 August 2020: $1,195
After 12 August 2020: $1,495
Group discounts available.
The course is divided into four sessions. The first two (morning) sessions examine China’s political system and policy making architecture. The second session examines institutional changes that have made the Chinese Party-state a sophisticated policymaking machine that increasingly presents itself as an alternative to Western liberal democratic models.
The afternoon sessions consider major public policy challenges confronting the Party today, including inequality, , the environment, social welfare, ethnic unrest and foreign policy, and the implications of China’s policy choices for Australia.
Participants will gain:
- An understanding of how policy is made and implemented in the PRC.
- Insights into the nature of policy contestation and mechanisms through which evidence informs policy in China.
- An understanding of the major public policy challenges confronting China and how those challenges shape engagement with Australia.
Who should attend?
Mid-level public servants and private sector employees from a variety of departments and industries who are engaged with China or who anticipate future engagement with China.
Dr Ben Hillman
Ben Hillman is a political scientist, public policy researcher and advisor. His research examines policies and mechanisms for promoting political inclusion and safeguarding minority rights. Ben has researched politics and public administration in the People’s Republic of China for more than 15 years. He is the author of Patronage and Power: Local State Networks and Party-state Resilience in Rural China (Stanford University Press, 2014), and Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China’s West (with Gray Tuttle. eds.) Columbia University Press (2016).
Ben is Director of the Policy and Governance Program at Crawford.