The Rule of Law in Public Administration and New Theories of Governance
By Journal of Chinese Governance
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There are some new developments in public administration and governance. Shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump took office and began governing by executive orders, some reversing President Barack Obama's initiatives, many public administration faculty and others protested, but that should not have come as a surprise to public administration scholars because, as an academic field, public administration has long supported measures that erode the rule of law. These include aggrandizing the U.S. presidency, weakening the separation of powers by calling for less congressional oversight of federal administration and applauding judicial deference to administrative expertise, placing a greater emphasis on cost-effective results-oriented public management than on the protection of individual rights and public values such as openness and citizen participation. These problems have posed challenges to the practice of public administration and theories of governance as governing. The profusion of literature on governance can be divided in many ways but one broad distinction is between writing that explores the conditions for good governance which is in part an empirical debate but also in part a normative one and a literature that is more concerned with understanding how the practice of governing has changed.
The selected papers below intend to explore the two sides of the coin, and shape or reshape the research agenda and the discourse on the new developments and existing problems of public administration and theories of governance.
Journal of Chinese Governance
Journal of Chinese Governance aims to explore the changing state-society relationship and governance practice in China, and offers up-to-date empirical research, theoretical and policy articles on the state governance capacity and modernization, various local models, practices and politics of governance in China.