Governing China in the 21st Century

About the series

 This series explores domestic and international issues affecting governance in 21st Century China. China is at a critical point in its national growth and facing immense challenges as well as opportunities. The course of its future development will be determined by its capacity to deal with these issues at local and international levels, and to build a sustainable path of development. This series has an inherently interdisciplinary focus looking at issues such as local governance, public policy and administration, social, urban, and nonprofit development, environmental politics, regional diplomacy and international affairs. 


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Zhimin Chen

  • Dr. Zhimin Chen is a Vice President of Fudan University. He is a Changjiang Scholar, professor of inter-national relations and a Jean Monnet Chair professor of European foreign policy at School of International Relations and Public Affaris. He is the editor in chief of Chinese Political Science Review. He is one of the vice presidents of the Chinese Association of International Studies.

Yijia Jing

  • Dr. Yijia Jing is a Changjiang Scholar, Dean of the Institute for Global Public Policy, Co-director of LSE-Fudan Research Centre for Global Public Policy and Seaker Chan Chair Professor of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University. He is editor-in-chief of Global Public Policy and Governance and co-editor of International Public Management Journal.

Here are some questions potential authors may have, and our answers.

1. Can we have edited books included in this series?

  • Yes. Both sole or co-authored and edited books (65,000-90,000 words) can be included in the series. We also accept mid-length monograph projects (20,000-50,000 words).

2. What is the scope of issues covered?

  • The focus is on politics, public governance and public affairs in China, including topics related to politics and development, public administration and policy, international relations and diplomacy, as well as socioeconomic issues. If you are not sure, please email the series editors with your book ideas for their opinion.

3. How can I propose a book to the editors?

  • Please send the book proposal and two or three full chapters (a full manuscript is fine) to the series editors by email. We will let you know within a month if the book proposal can progress to peer review process, based on an evaluation of the theme, structure of the book, and quality of the work. If a proposal is accepted by the series editors, the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan, will arrange the blind peer review.

4. How long does the blind peer review process take?

  • Depending on the responsiveness of the reviewers, it can take one to three months. After the peer review, the book proposal may be rejected or conditionally accepted.

5. What are the next steps if a proposal is accepted?

  • The author(s) will sign a contract with Palgrave. You will be contacted by a Commissioning Editor from Palgrave for contract issues. Once the book enters production, a Production Editor from Palgrave will liaison with you to handle manuscript submission and publication. For more details, Download Author Handbook.pdf

6. How long does it take to get a book published?

  • Proposal review may take 1-3 months. The contract and related issues generally take less than one month.

7. What is the reference style of the series?

  • Authors shall be consistent in using reference styles like APA, SPSA, and Chicago Styles.    

8. How about the use of notes?

  • Please use endnotes. Notes are used for further explanations, not for references.