Director: Mao Shoulong
Vice Director: Chen Youhong, Yang Hongshan
The Workshop in Institutional Analysis and Public Policy (IAPP workshop) is a research center in Renmin University of China. The workshop and its research community combine teaching, research, and related activities where research scholars, governmental officials and regular students have opportunities to participate in productive scholarship. The terms "community" and "workshop" are used to emphasize a conviction that research skills and public knowledge are best acquired where students, working as apprentices and journeymen, participate with experienced scholars and public practitioners in the organization and conduct of research. In 1998, the Community was first informally organized as a distinct intellectual enterprise. In 1999, the community began to organize some research workshops for particular research efforts. In 2001, the workshop has been established as a research center in Renmin University of China.
- Empirical Research based on Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework at micro-level:
The intellectual orientation of the IAPP Workshop and its corresponding Community strongly emphasizes the close link between theory and the practical problems of a public-policy nature. Recently, IAPP Workshop and its Community is working on following empirical research programs based on Instituional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework:
Weather Service System Reform
Urban Housing Reform
Securities Market Development
Infrastructure Development focusing on public bidding
Social Associations and Democratic Governance in China
Some research efforts are based on the fund from from National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation and Administrative Agency of Central and State Organ Official Affairs, State Council etc.
The researches are based on community efforts with cooperation between serious professional researchers, current officials and current regular student dissertation research efforts. IAPP Translation Series have provided theoretical foundations and research examples for these efforts.
· Governance Transitions Research Efforts at macro-level
In the beginning of the new millennium, China is at the crucial time of governance transitions from an unlimited government based on a plan economy to a limited government based on a market economy, from a non-democratic government to a democratic government, from a mono-centric and super-centralized administrative state to a polycentric self-governance based on developed public economies, from a rule of man governance to a constitutionalist governance based on the rule of law and from a close governance to a open governance etc. IAPP Workshop and its Community try to understand the nature of these transitions toward public knowledge for the development of Chinese Civilization in the new millennium.
IAPP has some successful books published in this area and will continue the efforts in the future based on theoretical research and empirical research.
· The Development of Institutional Analysis and Public Policy Research (IAPP) methodology, framework and academic tradition
IAPP inquiries of both an empirical and theoretical nature constitute a distinctive IAPP tradition of work in the study of institutional arrangements associated with what is variously referred to as "Public-Choice," "Political-Economy," "The New Institutional-Economics" approaches and other regular approaches such as "political analysis", "economic analysis", "moral analysis", "market analysis", "organizational analysis" and "policy analysis" etc. These contemporary approaches and regular approaches are closely related to the longer-term intellectual traditions of major political theorists in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Alexis de Tocqueville, in particular, provides us with the best example for doing institutional analysis. Theories of constitutional choice ranging from those expounded by Thomas Hobbes, the American "federalists," especially Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, and V. I. Lenin provide us with computational logics for understanding the design of different systems of government as experiments in constitutional choice. The constitutional level of analysis has an essential place in considering policy alternatives and in construing social reality at the operational level of analysis and can be applied to diverse problems ranging from the local to the global. The IAPP tradition emphasizes the importance of multiple foci and levels of analysis, including the analysis of multi-organizational arrangements characteristic of federal and more pluralistic systems of governance subject to constitutional rule.
This effort has been based on the fund from National Natural Science Foundation. The major purpose is to develop a methodology, theory and academic tradition in China for workshop-like efforts. We have some basic ideas, values, theoretical assumptions and models but all of them need much deliberative research based on theoretical reasoning, formal analysis and serious empirical test. Li Mei will think about the relationship between IAPP and western political philosophy and Chinese tradition.
· Public Management Series
Within next ten years, IAPP Workshop and its Community will organize Public Management Series to provide basic textbooks, academic books, selected paper books and translation series for new emerging public management profession training programs.· IAPP Endowment for the Study of Human Institutions and Public Policy, Public service, Public Management and Public Problems
IAPP Workshop and its Community are trying to establish IAPP Endowment to support productive and potentially successful research efforts within IAPP Community. IAPP Workshop and its Community members can contribute academic award and other remunerations with successful efforts and voluntary base. All contributions with successful efforts and voluntary base are welcome. It is a budding effort based on fiscal self-governance in a research community. · IAPP Research Library and Data base
IAPP Community has established a useful Chinese Website at http://www.wiapp.org
to provide basic information about IAPP research and basic literature information for four years. This website is supposed to serve as a digital library and a related digital database.
IAPP Community will also try to establish a community paper-based library if economically possible.· Possible Academic Efforts in English Language and world-wide context.
All IAPP Workshop and Community efforts currently are based on Chinese language, Chinese academic tradition, Chinese practical context and toward the development of Chinese Civilization in the new millennium. IAPP Community will consider the possibility to contribute our efforts in English language and in worldwide context in the future if possible.
Inquiries may be directed to:
Director of Institute of Public Administration
Dean of Department of Public Administration
People's University of China
Tel: (86 10) 6251 1027 (O)
(86 10)6251 5062 (O)