Evaluating community governance in China: the practice of X District

Stream: International social policy
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Time: 10.55 am – 12.35 pm


China's community governance has been introduced for several years, but it has many problems. It is often not clear what to be achieved. The capacity of governance is also not sufficient. Investment in community governance is often criticised for being inefficient. However, there are continued local level experiments on how to improve governance. In 2018, the X District tried to develop a series of standards to define good practices in community governance and reportedly to have achieved some good outcomes. The efforts to clarify the goals and targets to be achieved is clearly a step forward from the older practice of unclear and vague practices. It provides useful guidance for the practice of community governance and also can be useful for assessing the performance. This paper uses empirical data collected in the X District and analyses the performance improvement in X District which showed continued improvement in community governance. This research contributes to the international literature on assessing the outcomes of community governance.


Xiaoyan Li (Presenter), Guangdong University of Finance and Economics
Li Xiaoyan, associate professor of the School of Public Administration of Guangdong University of Finance and Economics, postdoctoral fellow of the School of Public Administration of Zhejiang University, and visiting scholar of DUKE UNIVERSITY (SSRI, Social Science Research Institute), the research direction is social policy and community governance. Tel: 15820638740; E-mail: xiechanging2002@163.com.