The Nu River Campaign and Changes in Governmental Agenda-Setting

The Nu River Campaign and Changes in Governmental Agenda-Setting Th e China Nonprofi t Review 2 (2010) 71-82 CNPR © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/187650910X12605098379058 Available online at Th e Nu River Campaign and Changes in Governmental Agenda-Setting Zheng Qi ZHENG Qi, Ph.D. candidate, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University Abstract Th is article uses the case of the Nu River campaign, under way from 1999 to the present, to shed light on changing models of government agenda-setting in China. A time serial comparison is employed: the issues that emerged at two diff erent times were the same while the agenda-setting models employed were completely diff erent. In 1999 the issue made its way onto the formal agenda behind closed doors, nontransparently; in 2003, however, the same issue received a high degree of public interest and participation. Comparative analysis yields three conclusions: (1) divergence of the departmental interests may lead to an expansion of the public’s role in agenda-setting; (2) outside groups, like environmental NGOs, are playing a fundamental role in public participation; (3) traditional, elite-centered politics in China are changing slowly but surely. 1. Introduction Previous analyses of China’s political system have portrayed China as a coun- try under a The China Nonprofit Review Brill

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