SLIDES | Modernising state governance in China

Co-presented by the China Studies Centre and the Sydney Ideas

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Modernising state governance in China: restructuring the relationship between government, the market and society since the Deng Xiaoping reforms of the 1980s

The top authorities of the CCP took modernisation of state governance to be the general goal of further reform in the near future. Theoretically, it is a sign of the transformation of the CCP from a revolutionary party into a governing party. Practically, it shows that the CCP has formally incorporated political modernisation into the reform agenda. Professor Yu Keping will explain philosophically what exactly a new conception of state governance modernisation means and how to arrive at good governance. According to Professor Yu, the way to good governance in China lies in how the relationship between government, market and society is restructured. He concludes that good governance will depend on both healthy civil society and good government.


Yu Keping is the new Chair of Politics, Professor and Dean at the School of Government, Peking University, Beijing, former Deputy President of the Central Compilation & Translation Bureau, and founding Director of PKU Research Centre for Chinese Politics. His major fields include political philosophy, comparative politics, globalization, civil society, governance and politics in China. Among his many books are Essays on Modernizing State Governance (Beijing, 2015), Globalization and Changes in China’s Governance (Brill, 2013),Governance and Rule of Law in China (ed., Brill, 2012) and Democracy is a Good Thing(Brookings, 2010). As a leading intellectual and advocate of democratic governance in China, Professor Yu has a number of honorary titles at many universities and was selected as one of the “30 most influential figures in the past 30 years since the reform in China” in 2008 and ranked in the “2011 Global Top 100 Thinkers” by Foreign Policy in the US. Recently, Professor Yu was selected as the “Most Influential Scholar of 2015” by theChinese News Weekly.

Image credit: Blake Thornberry 2015