Public Administration Research in Mainland China: A Systematic Review of Chinese Public Administration in English Language Journals (1996-2016)

Min-Hyu Kim, Huafang Li, Marc Holzer, Mengzhong Zhang

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This study provides a systematic review of the development of Chinese public administration in English language journals. An analysis of articles in the top 25 English-language public administration journals worldwide from 1996 to 2016 confirmed increases in both the number and significance of studies of Chinese public administration. A systematic content analysis of abstracts of previous studies was performed and showed that social development and administrative reform were among the most important topics. With respect to the methodology of this study, qualitative methods were more frequently used than quantitative or mixed methods. Finally, implications for future research on Chinese public administration are discussed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)753
Number of pages764
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 6 2018



  • Administration in transtion
  • China
  • Systematic Review

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