Transparency Challenges Facing China

Transparency Challenges Facing China

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The concept of transparency has grown exponentially in importance around the world as a principle of good governance over the past two decades. Openness in the manner in which governments, social institutions and business corporations conduct themselves, and their willingness to disclose important information about themselves or about other actors in which they have an interest, are important features of this growth. However, greater commitment to transparency may present difficulties for an authoritarian system's political leadership. Such reform is likely to lead also to demands for political and governance change and similarly radical ideas that foster stability problems for an authoritarian political and legal system, as they enable civil society to scrutinize better the conduct of that authoritarian leadership and its institutions. On the other hand, when transparency is only partial, the government might use it as an instrument of propaganda, shaping public opinion and forestalling structural reform.

The chapters in this book address the situation in mainland China where economic reform policies and a drive to gain a stronger place in the global economy have encouraged a complex and sometimes ambiguous approach to transparency. The essays explore the manner in which, and the degree to which, greater transparency in governance has emerged in the PRC. They also assess the impact of greater transparency in terms of accountability, decision-making processes, and responsiveness in the Chinese governance system. The papers in this volume have their origins in a 2016 conference on transparency issues in China held at the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law under the guidance of the editors, and bringing together scholars with interests in the emergence of transparency in some of the most important areas of Chinese governance.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 390 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 24mm | 712g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0854902600
  • 9780854902606

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Selectively Seeking Transparency in China - FU Hualing, Michael Palmer, and ZHANG Xianchu


2. Transparency in a Socialist Market Economy: Market Discipline and Political Authoritarianism- ZHANG Xianchu

3. The WTO's Transparency Obligations and China- GAO, Henry
4. Greater Transparency, Better Regulation? Evidence from Securities Enforcement Actions - XI Chao and CAO Ning
5. The Secrets About State Secrets: The Burden of Overclassification - FU Hualing


6. Strategic Openness: An Overview of Open-Door Legislation in PRC -SUN Ying and ZHANG Xiang
7. China's Translucent Judicial Transparency - FINDER, Susan
8. Hearings and Public Participation: A Failed Revolution or a Successful Distraction? -HUANG Yue
9. Transparency, Propaganda and Disinformation: "Managing" anticorruption information in China -LI Ling


10. Transparency as an Offence - ZHU Han and FU Hualing
11. Taming the Right to Information: Motive Screening and the Public Interest Test under China's FOI-like Law - CHEN Yongxi
12. The Shadow of Transparency: Defining, Debating and Deterring Vexatious OGI Requests in Chin - PENG Chun
13. The Transparent Self under Big Data Profiling: Privacy and Chinese Legislation on the Social Credit System - CHEN Yongxi and CHEUNG, Anne SY
14. Supervising Authoritarian Rule Online: Citizen Participation and State Responses in China - HAN Rongbin
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