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Good Governance in Economic Development

International Norms and Chinese Perspectives

Globally, isolationism and protectionism are on the rise, and resurgent authoritarian nations are reasserting the centrality of the sovereign state. And with China’s influence around the world intensifying, the dynamic interrelationship of the national and supranational in shaping norms of good governance has become increasingly relevant. Good Governance in Economic Development critically examines the ways in which transparency and accountability mechanisms are incorporated or reflected in international trade, finance, and investment regimes. It also explores the Chinese state’s engagement with these norms, shedding new light not only on how the principles of transparency, accountability, and public participation are applied within China, but also on the ability of China to affect international rules. Through close analysis of how norms are adapted locally, the contributors offer insights into the global and national implications of international good governance rules.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Pitman B. Potter

1 International Good Governance Norms between the Global and the Local: China, Transparency, and Accountability / Sarah Biddulph and Ljiljana Biukovic

Part 1: International Principles of Good Governance, Transparency, and Accountability

2 Belts That Fasten Roads to Prosperity and Development: Transparency and Governance of New International Banks / Ljiljana Biukovic

3 Corporate Legal Consciousness in Investor-State Dispute Settlement and the United Nations’ Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: New Challenges for Global Governance / Lesley A. Jacobs

4 Regulatory Change, Good Governance, and Fair and Equitable Treatment in International Investment Law / Moshe Hirsch

5 Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and Human Rights Impact Assessments: Coordinating Compliance between International Trade, Human Rights, Labour Rights, and Good Governance in Colombia / Alison Yule

6 Transparency Obligations in International Investment and Trade Treaties: Governance Reforms in Shanghai’s Pilot Free Trade Zone / Wang Haifeng

Part 2: Case Studies from China: Domestic Engagement with Good Governance Norms

7 Transparency and Accountability in Governance in China: Evaluating Legal Reforms / Sarah Biddulph and Wang Haifeng

8 The Concept of Public Participation: Planning and Housing Resumption Decisions in Shanghai / Sarah Biddulph

9 The Impact of Transparency and Accountability Mechanisms on Bureaucratic Inertia: A Case Study of Work Safety Regulation / Sarah Biddulph

10 New Trends in Promoting Capacity in Environmental Governance in China / He Weidong

Conclusion: Who Are the Important Actors in Shaping the Good Governance, Transparency, and Accountability Principles? / Sarah Biddulph and Ljiljana Biukovic

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