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Policy Metamorphosis in China: A Case Study of Minban Education in Shanghai*

  • Xiaojiong Ding

By taking minban education at the level of basic education in Shanghai as an example, this article studies the processes of policy implementation in mainland China. Based on 65 interviews conducted during 2001 and 2004, the article analyses two policies on minban education which have metamorphosed during implementation. It argues that the Chinese mode of state governance has shifted from Party despotism to a mode that tolerates and embraces local deviation.

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* The article is based on a thesis submitted to The University of Hong Kong for the award of PhD degree.

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The China Quarterly
  • ISSN: 0305-7410
  • EISSN: 1468-2648
  • URL: /core/journals/china-quarterly
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