Intergovernmental Relations in Mainland China

G. Zhiyong Lan, Guoquan Chen

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This chapter addresses the following questions: Those are how is the Chinese intergovernmental relation structured? How does it work? How did it arise? What are the associated current issues of concern? In a nutshell, China's intergovernmental relations can be divided into three distinctive periods: The feudal stage, the republic stage, and the People's Republic stage. A large number of presidents and acting presidents are associated with the Republic of China between 1913 and 1928. The People's Republic of China was founded in 1949 and a central question for the new regime was how to consolidate power and promote the unity of the country. China's intergovernmental relations have developed from being straight top-down since 1949 to having gradually become increasingly complex since the 1980s. The vicissitudes of the changes over the years reveal a trajectory of how China has turned from a highly centralized traditional society into a developing modern state that is continuing its struggle with reform and decentralization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPublic Administration in East Asia
Subtitle of host publicationMainland China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781351552738
ISBN (Print)9781420051902
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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