Globally, isolationism and protectionism are on the rise and resurgent authoritarian nations are seeking to reassert the centrality of the sovereign state. And with China’s influence around the world intensifying, the dynamic interrelationship of the national and supranational in shaping norms of good governance has become increasingly relevant. Good Governance in Economic Development critically examines the ways in which transparency and accountability underpin the objective of good governance, through mechanisms that are incorporated or reflected in international trade, finance, and investment regimes. It also explores the Chinese state’s engagement with these norms, shedding new light not only on how the principles of transparency, accountability, and public participation are applied within China, but on the ability of China to affect international rules. The essays in this timely collection argue that transparency and accountability standards are constituted and reconstituted by the agencies and governments seeking to impose them. Through close analysis of how these norms are adapted locally, the contributors offer insights into the global and national implications of international good governance rules.
This book will appeal to several audiences: scholars and students of Chinese studies and of international trade, investment, development, and law; government and non-government organizations with an interest in China; and legal professionals.
Sarah Biddulph is a professor in the Melbourne Law School and director of its Asian Law Centre, and Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor – International (China) at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Stability Imperative: Human Rights and Law in China; Legal Reform and Administrative Detention Powers in China, and, with Sean Cooney and Ying Zhu, Law and Fair Work in China: Making and Enforcing Labour Standards in the PRC. She has also practised as a solicitor. Ljiljana Biuković is an associate professor in the Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC, and an affiliated faculty member of the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is also a principal co-investigator in the Collective Memories Conflicts and International Law project funded by the Franklin Lew Innovation Grant.
Contributors: Wang Haifeng, Moshe Hirsch, Les Jacobs, He Weidong, Alison Yule
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