Institutional Analysis and China's Governance
Date: October 13, 2017
Venue: Room 302, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Speaker: Dr. Shui-Yan Tang
Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration
Moderator: Dr. Wang Yahua
Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Vice President, China Institute for Rural Studies, Tsinghua University
Based on his two recent books on institutional analysis, Professor Tang will examine some of the major governance challenges in contemporary China and problems with the current approaches to addressing these challenges. He will then outline an alternative perspective for re-conceptualizing governance reform in China, based on Alexis De Tocqueville’s insights on “self-interest rightly understood” and “centralized government but decentralized administration”.
Professor Shui-Yan Tang’s research focuses on institutional analysis and design, common-pool resource governance, environmental politics and policy, collaborative governance, and governance reform. He is the author of Institutions and Collective Action: Self-Governance in Irrigation (ICS Press, 1992), Ten Principles for a Rule-ordered Society: Enhancing China’s Governing Capacity (China Economic Publishing House, 2012) and Institutions, Regulatory Styles, Society, and Environmental Governance in China (Oxford: Routledge, 2014). He has published in numerous top-tier journals in the field of China studies, public administration and environment research.