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Professor Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard - The Party-directed Chinese Governance Model: How to Explain the China Puzzle

Over more than four decades the Party-directed governance model of China has delivered a growth record without precedent in Modern history. Yet in all commonly used measures on the quality of governance China scores low. China’s development experiment is also at odds with the Western liberal paradigm which posits that sustained economic development must be based on good governance defined as a whole set of democratic values and an independent bureaucracy. This is a puzzle or paradox that raises the question of how a non-democratic state without a Weberian-type autonomous bureaucracy can meaningfully attain good governance. The paper argues that the Chinese example shows that it is possible to create an efficient, capable, semi-autonomous and development-oriented bureaucracy in a non-democratic one-Party system. It also seems to show that good governance is not a mere technicality of copying best practices from the developed West. Following a path-dependent logic, it is of importance that China already 2000 years ago created a centralized, uniform system of administration based on merit-based bureaucratic recruitment.

Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard is Professor at the Department of International Economics, Government and Business and Director of the China Studies programme at the Copenhagen Business School. He holds a PhD from the Department of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen. Professor Brødsgaard has held visiting research appointments in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA. He is, among others, member of the International Advisory Board of the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore; member of the Board of Sino-Danish University Centre for Education and a trustee of the Cambridge China Development Trust. His current research covers state-Party-business relations in China; the nomenklatura system and cadre management; SOE reform; and the rise of Chinese supermanagers.


DATE: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

TIME: 17:00

LOCATION: SIN 1, at the Department for East Asian Studies/Chinese Studies,

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