On Monday 7th November, LSE Press author Yan Wang shared the story behind her new book, published via open access, Pension Policy and Governmentality in China: Manufacturing Public Compliance.
In this launch event chaired by LSE Press Editor-in-Chief, Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Dr Yang Wang discussed the central themes of her debut book, which examines how public compliance is constructed by the Chinese state through analysing the detailed trajectories, rationale, and effects of China’s pension reforms, available to download here.
In Dr Yan Wang’s debut book, the author explores the issue of public compliance through analysing the detailed trajectories, rationale, and effects of China’s pension reforms.
Analysing the allocation of resources to institutions and the specific use of multiple pension schemes as a way to maintain power, Wang draws on quantitative text analysis to elucidate the construction of knowledge and power in contemporary China and the processes of shaping discourse through policy.
An intelligent and methodical deep dive into the Chinese state’s hybrid, organic, and dynamic strategy to generate public compliance, Pension Policy and Governmentality in China: Manufacturing Public Compliance is an illuminating case study of how customised governance design can strengthen rule and shape public compliance through carving out new ideological foundations.
Discussing Wang’s book from an economics perspective, Professor Noam Yuchtman noted that Wang’s research illuminated how autocracies such as China need to attend to the full range of citizen attitudes to compliance with the regime, and highlighted some of the mechanisms by which the state can maintain control, including through emerging technologies. Dr Carrie Friese emphasised how Wang’s work has juxtaposed different theories of state power in creative and innovative ways, which has important implications for future research on governmentality.
Pension Policy and Governmentality in China: Manufacturing Public Compliance is published under Open Access and free to read through LSE Press, the School’s publisher of high-quality, open access research in the social sciences. Download for free or order the paperback via Book Depository or Amazon.