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Perceptions of Multi-Lateral Cross Boundary Organization of Local Governments in China: A Q-Analysis

Zhang, Shuwen (2020) Perceptions of Multi-Lateral Cross Boundary Organization of Local Governments in China: A Q-Analysis. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Most public issues fall beyond the boundaries of any particular local government to solve. Conversely, many of those problems are equally likely to be too localized for national or state/provincial governments to solve. Rather, they scale to a level of governance somewhere between those two levels – often referred to as "the metropolitan region." Such scaling is a ubiquitous and global phenomenon, and governments in virtually every developed country have tried a variety of approaches to balance the desire for centralized coordination and decentralized application. For example, local governments in the United States have seen the emergence of regionally scaled voluntary cross-boundary organizations of local governments to address common public policy problems (Miller and Nelles, 2018; 2020). The issue of regional scaling in China has only recently attracted the attention of Chinese scholars and practitioners. As such, there is scant scholarly research even though China is experiencing steady growth in such organizational designs. The purpose of this thesis is to explore Chinese scholars' and practitioners' subjective understanding of the nature, purpose, and value of these new arrangements that scale to the level of "region."
This research used Q-methodology to interview 54 Chinese government officials and scholars who have experience with working in cross-boundary organizations. The researcher used principal components analysis coupled with varimax rotation then generated four factors. These four factors identified illustrate different views toward these cross-boundary organizations in terms of how local government multi-lateral cross-boundary collaboration should be organized. This research has provided a new angle to view regional intergovernmental cooperation in China.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zhang, Shuwenshz106@pitt.edushz1060000-0002-5325-8959
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMiller, David
Committee MemberDunn,
Committee MemberDougherty,
Date: 25 June 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 22 April 2020
Approval Date: 25 June 2020
Submission Date: 28 April 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 69
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: MPA - Master of Public Administration
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Regional Governance; Cross-Boundary Organization; Q-Methodology; Chinese Local Government
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 14:06
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 14:06


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