June 25, 2022
China’s ‘Fragmented Authoritarianism’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Zhenze Huang
China’s pandemic response has been heavily mediated by the always-complex relationship between central and local governments.
June 07, 2022
China’s Risky Revival of Mao-Era Grassroots Mobilization Methods
By Dan Macklin
Mass mobilization has been key to Beijing’s pandemic strategy, but its continuation is undermining effective governance.
March 22, 2022
What Keeps China’s Zero-COVID Policy Going
By Zhuoran Li
The CCP's approach to pandemic management incentivizes officials to double down on extreme measures without regard for the costs.
June 20, 2020
China and COVID-19: A Central-Local ‘Chess Game’
By Philipp Renninger
Attributing pandemic containment to “Beijing” is both wrong and right – and thus sheds light on China’s central-local governance.
January 31, 2020
Wuhan Coronavirus and the Tacitus Trap
By Fu Yu
The outbreak revealed long-standing deficiencies inside China’s local administrations, which may pose a threat to the credibility of local governments across the PRC.
August 08, 2017
China’s Market Reforms: Land and Debt
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Spencer Cohen.
May 12, 2017
5 Factors Holding Back China’s Economic Reform
By Spencer Sheehan
Local level factors are weighing on China’s reform momentum.
July 16, 2016
'Land Kings': China's Frenzied Property Deals
By Xue Gong
China continues to struggle to wean its state-owned enterprises off their reliance on real estate.
November 25, 2015
China's Move to Centralize Environmental Oversight
By Ma Tianjie
Beijing is rethinking previous reforms that gave local officials final say over environmental protection.
October 20, 2014
4th Plenum: Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics
By Zachary Keck
The CCP is focusing on the rule of law because it wants to reign in local officials.
September 26, 2014
China's Real Corruption Challenge: Swatting Thousands of 'Flies'
By Shannon Tiezzi
Taking down powerful tigers is the easy part.
August 06, 2014
How Weibo Is Changing Local Governance in China
By Min Jiang & Jesper Schlæger
While most studies of Chinese social media focus on censorship, Weibo is helping to improve local governance in China.