A talk by: Zhilin Liu
Associate Professor and Director
Public Policy Institute
School of Public Policy and Management
Campaign-style enforcement is often touted in China as a uniquely effective mechanism to ensure local implementation of national policies. Typically seen in regulatory policies but later extended to social policies, campaign-style enforcement features strong political mandates with numeric targets, massive mobilization of fiscal and administrative resources, and political performance evaluation rooted in China’s hierarchical governmental system. Dr. Liu and her research collaborators’ mixed-method analysis of the national affordable housing mandate during the Twelfth-Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) reveals a nuanced process in which cities adapt the top-down housing mandate to local conditions, thereby leading to a diversity of compliance strategies adopted by local governments.
Zhilin Liu is Associate Professor and the Director of the Public Policy Institute in the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing. She received her PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University in 2007, as well as her Masters Degree in Urban Geography (2002), and Bachelor Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (1999) from Peking University. Her main research interests are in urban governance, housing policy and community development, sustainable urbanization, rural-to-urban migration, institutional theory and multi-level governance. She has published widely in English peer-review journals, including Urban Studies, Cities, Urban Affairs Review, Housing Studies, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Policy Sciences, and numerous Chinese academic journals. She currently serves as a co-editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of China Planning.