The Religious Policy in China:
An Analysis of the Implementation Process

by QIAN Zaijian
Februay 23, 2011


On February 23th, Professor QIAN Zaijian, a visiting scholar of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society delivered a lecture entitled “The Religious Policy in China: an Analysis of the Implementation Process”.

In his lecture, Professor Qian examined the religious policy and its implementation process in contemporary Mainland China, but with an emphasis on the policy implementation process. Starting from the classical definition of public policy by Harold D. Lasswell, David Easton and Thomas R. Dye’s, and then the current religion revival in contemporary China, Professor Qian talked about four reasons why he considered the implementation process of religious policy in China is both a policymaking dilemma and an implementation complex.

These four factors are:

I. The defects in policymaking process

II. Flaws and inefficiencies in administrative agencies;

III. Uncooperative target groups;

IV. Unsuitable atmosphere in the policy environment.

He further elaborated on the fourth factor in the later part of the lecture and suggested that the “policy environment” should include: legal system environment, culture environment, ethnic minority environment and the international environment. He proposed at the end that the current situation of religion implementation in contemporary China could be greatly improved if the above listed four factors could be tackled with accordingly.

QIAN Zaijian is Professor and Associate Dean of School of Public Administration, Nanjing Normal University. And currently he is a visiting scholar in the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue.


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