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Open Government in China: Practice and Problems

Zhou, Hanhua

This article is an introduction to the practice of open government in China which has attracted wide attention in the international community over the past several years. The introduction will be made in three aspects. The first part will offer a big picture of the present conditions of the practice, with emphases on open village affairs, open legislation, government informatization and "The Regulations on the Freedom of Information" which is being formulated at the time being. The second part will analyze into the reasons and backgrounds against which the practice occurred. The third part will discuss on various kinds of problems facing the practice of open government in China at the present stage.


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February 3, 2010


The opinions expressed in these papers represent those of the author(s) and not The Initiative for Policy Dialogue. These papers are unpublished and have not been peer reviewed. Please do not cite without explicit permission from the author(s). "Open Government in China: Practice and Problems," The Right to Know: Transparency for an Open World (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007), pp. 92-115.