Professor Chen Kang - Local Government in China
February 05 2015
On February 5 2015 ACRI in partnership with the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government (ACELG) hosted a visit by Professor Chen Kang from the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Professor Kang presented a seminar entitled 'Local Government in China: The experiments in Democracy at a City Level'.
Professor Kang documented examples of citizens increasingly engaged in processes adjacent to traditional party structures at local levels. The case studies he drew from included deliberative democracy in Hangzhou City, participatory budgeting in Jiamusi (Heilongjiang Province), 'community courts' in Henan Province and the Water Users Association in Guangxi Province.
Professor Kang graduated from the University of Maryland specialising in macroeconomic modelling. He is currently Director of the Master in Public Administration and Management (MPAM) and Chinese Executive Education programmes at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
His insights are extremely valuable for those interested in local government and political reform in China and what that may mean for Australia-China relations. We encourage you to draw from the resources he provided by watching the video or listening to the audio of this fascinating seminar.
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