Local Soft Power: Governance Expertise from the Top

Main Link: Central Party Compilation and Translation Bureau notice, March 23, 2012.

Links within blockquotes added during translation.

The Local Governance Research Center, jointly launched by the CCP Central Compilation and Translation Bureau’s World Developmental Strategy Research Department (中共中央编译局世界发展战略研究部) and the Fujian Provincial Party School’s Management Research Department (中共福建省委党校管理学教研部), was established at the Fujian Provincial Committee’s Party School on March 19, 2012. Central Compilation and Translation Bureau deputy director Yu Keping (俞可平) and CCP Fujian Provincial Party School managing deputy director Chen Xiongchang inaugurated the Center. The Research Center is a new try by the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau to carry out cooperation with local research bodies, in the great spirit of science and research, and [the Local Research Center] is its first research partner in Fujian, and a new member in China’s governmental research network.

由中共中央编译局世界发展战略研究部与中共福建省委党校管理学教研部合作发起的地方治理研究中心于2012年3月19日在福建省委党校成立。中央编译局副局长俞可平和中共福建省委党校陈雄常务副校长为中心揭牌。该中心是世界发展战略研究部按照我局大科研精神进行的与地方研究机构共建合作的新尝试,也是福建省首家以地方治理为研究对象的研究机构,为中国政府创新研究网络的新成员。

The Center’s mission is “to examine changes [or reform] in governance, to summarize administrational experience, and to propagate wisdom in power”. It will devote its efforts to the discovery of innovative practice in local party and governmental organs, enterpreneurial and institutional units (danwei), public organizations, and other institutions and mechanisms, organizational reform, public services, villagers (communities / neighborhoods), and autonomous and social management, and provide reference to all levels of party and governmental strategic decisionmaking. The Center will also create conditions under which there will be local specialists in governance research, a scientific and academic backbone with a certain influence on society, to strengthen governmental capabilities within local government, and to build think tanks1) that will improve local governmental conditions. The Center plans to edit the “China Local Governance Bulletin” and to publish the “China Local Governance Research Book Series”.

中心宗旨是“观察治理变革,总结治理经验,传播执政智慧”。中心将致力于发现地方各级党政机关、企事业单位、社会团体等在体制机制、机构改革、公共服务、村民(社区)自治和社会管理等方面的创新实践,为各级党委政府的决策提供参考;同时创造条件培养一批在地方治理研究方面有专长、在社会上有一定影响力的科研与教学骨干,为地方政府增强地方治理能力,改善地方治理状况建立思想库。中心计划编辑《中国地方治理简报》,组织出版《中国地方治理研究丛书》。

World Developmental Strategy Research Department director He Zengke2) (何增科) will be an advising member, [World Developmental Strategy Research Department] deputy director Yang Xuedong (杨雪冬) will be the academic commission’s director, and Central Compilation and Translation Bureau’s Science and Research head of department Chen Jiagang (陈家刚) will be a member of the academic commission.

世界发展战略部主任何增科担任中心咨询委员,副主任杨雪冬担任学术委员会主任,中央编译局科研处长陈家刚担任学术委员。

(Exclusive contributor: Strategy Research Department, 供稿:战略部)

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Notes

1) 思想库 (sīxiǎngkù) – think tanks are more frequently referred to as 智库 (zhìkù) in Chinese, I believe.
2) He Zengke on soft power »
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