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Phenomenology of Institutions, A: Comparative Perspectives on China and Beyond
Published by Routledge
To a degree insufficiently captured by the term, governance, the present age is one of institutional complexity. China is a case in point. An amalgam of socialist, capitalist, corporatist, and pluralist characteristics, China's complex institutional make-up has confounded scholars wishing to formally categorize it. For example, description of its economy go no further than labeling it ambiguously as a mixed socialist-capitalist system . China's systems of governance defy classification using extant categories in the institutionalist literature. A Phenomenology of Institutions begins with the problem of describing emergent institutional phenomena using classic modes of classification. Constructing a new descriptive framework for rendering new, hybrid, and flexible institutional designs, Raul Lejano, Jia Guo, Hongping Lian and Bo Yin propose new modes of description, dealing with properties of autopoeisis, textuality, relationality, and morphology, that might better describe new and emergent models for governance. The authors illustrates the utility of this framework with a number of select case studies, each dealing wth a different aspect of Chinese legal and civic institutions and comparing these with 'western' models. This book provides invaluable insights and is a resource for all those institutional scholars, found in the fields of public policy, political science, and public administration, studying new and emergent forms of governance. The employment of a phenomenological approach to institutional analysis is uncommon and, perhaps, holds promise for innovative research in the future.
1. Introduction 2. The Limits of Classification and the Phenemenological Approach 3. Legal Pluralism and Institutional Innovation: The Chinese Legal System in Contrast 4. The Market as a Sociopoietic System 5. Constrasting the Public/Private Divide: NGOs and Civil Society in China 6. Delineating Institutions: A Comparison of Property Registration Systems 7. Conclusion
Raul Lejano is Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation Education at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. His primary areas of scholarship are environmental policy, policy analysis, and institutional analysis Prior to NYU, he was also a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California Irvine, and The University of Hong Kong. Most recently, he was a visiting lecturer at Beijing Normal University. Jia Guo is an associate professor and assistant dean in the School of Government at Beijing Normal University. Her current research and teaching interests focus on the policy process of Environmental Governance as well as NGO development in China. A particular interest is the changing nature of civil society and its relationship to the state. Hongping Lian is an assistant professor in the School of Government at Beijing Normal University, and the Vice Dean of the Academy of Government at the same institution. Her primary areas of scholarship are land policy and housing policy. Bo Yin is an associate professor in the College for Criminal Law Science at Beijing Normal University. His primary areas are criminal justice, criminal procedure and legal theory.
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