China as a mirror and testing ground for governance beyond the West

S. Chan, M. Stepan

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


This chapter focuses on the use of the term governance in the
context of the People’s Republic in China. While governance, in particular
global governance, is often connoted with a certain universal
applicability and a depoliticized and solutions-oriented form of public management, China may be regarded as a crucial case. As a crucial case, the discussion of governance and China also contributes
to a more general understanding that governance, applied
to non-Western contexts, can play an important role in comparative
understandings. Rather than assuming “global” and “general” understandings
of governance, specific governance contexts can act as mirrors
and testing grounds for governance models and instruments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Frontiers of Social Development in Theory and Practice: Climate, Economy, and Justice
EditorsB. Mohan
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781137460707
Publication statusPublished - 2015


Dive into the research topics of 'China as a mirror and testing ground for governance beyond the West'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this