This article introduces four of the latest, high-quality papers published in China's top journals. The first article is an in-depth discussion of "government as a platform" contributing to an emerging and timely discussion of digital government in the public management literature. By employing the theory of "loose coupling" from organizational institutionalism, the second study introduces a new theoretical concept, that is, a "security zone for achievement" to synthesize the seemingly contradictory propositions derived from credit claiming and blame avoidance, based on a city's trajectory in a Smart City project. The third paper proposes a theoretical alternative, prioritizing the Party committee's assigned tasks, to supplement the existing explanations of local governance in China as applied to water treatment in provincial China. Such a mechanism is different from the campaign-style governance model because the Party committee plays a key role in providing substantial institutional incentives. The final paper conceptualizes institutional frictions in the Chinese context and explains different spending patterns across functional expenditures at the provincial level, suggesting a local leader's tenure may influence target selections for punctuated expenditures. The paper concludes with a brief summary. Copyright © 2021 清華大學.
|Journal||China Public Administration Review|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
CitationXiao, H., & Tu, W. (2021). The season's choice: Four noteworthy Chinese publications in winter 2020. China Public Administration Review, 2021(1), 153-172.
- Public affairs platform
- Government innovation
- Performance evaluation
- Personnel management
- Vertical governance
- Local leaders
- Expenditure structure
- Institutional frictions