News from Governance 14.02.2013 - An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions
Co-Editors: Alasdair S. Roberts and Robert H. Cox. Book Review Editor: Clay Wescott. Editorial Assistant: Genevieve Butler. The GOVERNANCE blog
Women's participation in Chinese village self-governance: Still limited
In the last thirty years, China has implemented a system of village self-government that policymakers and many scholars say has brought significant improvements in women's political status. In the current issue of Governance, Zhengxu Wang of the University of Nottingham and Weina Dai of Renmin University examine women's participation in village self-governance in Rudong county in Eastern China.
They find that women vote in village elections but that their representation in self-governance bodies remains low, while their sense of empowerment remains limited. "Rudong's story is highly representative of other areas of China," the authors say. "A wide range of institutional, socioeconomic, structural and cultural factors still prevent a more equal representation of women." Wang and Dai discuss policy responses that would promote "a stronger presence of women in local governance." Free access to the article.
China and renewable energy: A distinctive path
Like many other countries seeking to promote clean growth, China is experimenting with wind power. But in 2008, one fifth of the country's installed wind power capacity did not generate any electricity. This is one illustration of how Chinese policy deviates from best practice regarding the development of grid-connected renewable energy (GCRE). In the current issue of Governance, Clara García of Universidad Complutense de Madrid provides a novel synthesis of the evolving best practice regarding policy and institutions to support GCRE. Then Garcia describes the many ways in which China diverges from that model. It's not surprising, Garcia says, that China has taken a distinctive path in this area. More work is needed to establish the connection "between China's particularities in GCRE and its actual record in deploying renewables." Free access to the article.
China's development: Limits to liberalization
In the current issue of Governance, Phillippe Ratte of the Fondation Prospective et Innovation in Paris reviews China's Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization by Roselyn Hsueh of Temple University. "China only appears to be a more liberal state," Hsueh argues. The introduction of market principles has been accompanied by creation of new forms of control to protect state interests. "This book is a major contribution both to understanding China's growth better, and to opening up a new way of thinking about development," Ratte concludes. Free access to the review.
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