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Changing Models of China's Policy Agenda Setting

Shaoguang Wang
Modern China
Vol. 34, No. 1, The Nature of the Chinese State: Dialogues among Western and Chinese Scholars, I (Jan., 2008), pp. 56-87
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20062689
Page Count: 32
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Abstract

In any society the number of potential public issues almost always exceeds the capabilities of the government to process them. Issues thus must compete for a place on the decision-making agenda. While it is certainly a dimension of power to influence the decision-making process per se, it is perhaps even more important to have a say in setting the agenda. This article proposes a typology of six agenda-setting models and discusses how those models have evolved in contemporary China. It argues that only by grasping a subtle yet significant transformation of agenda-setting models can one fully appreciate the extent to which China's political system has changed.

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