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Key Issues for Implementation of Chinese Open Government Information Regulations


Suzanne J. Piotrowski is an associate professor of public affairs and administration at Rutgers University–Newark. She researches and teaches about governmental transparency and ethics. She is currently researching variations in municipal-level transparency. In 2009, she was named a Bosch Fellow for the Transatlantic Policy Consortium colloquium in Jönköping, Sweden.

Yahong Zhang is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark. Her research interests include the policy-making role of public administrators, leadership in public organizations, and women's leadership in the public sector.

Weiwei Lin is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark. Her primary research interests are nonprofit finance and management, nonprofit performance measurement, and comparative public and nonprofit administration. She is also involved in studies on public administration education, the government–nonprofit relationship, and e-government.

Wenxuan Yu is an assistant professor of public administration in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his doctorate in public administration from Rutgers University–Newark. His research interests include public sector performance management, citizen participation, e-government, and comparative public administration. He has been actively involved in academic exchanges among China, the United States, and Singapore.


The Chinese context is in many ways fundamentally different from other countries where freedom of information laws and regulations are currently implemented. The authors, Suzanne Piotrowski, Yahong Zhang, and Weiwei Lin of Rutgers University – Newark, and Wenxuan Yu of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, identify the primary issues surrounding implementation of China’s new Open Government Information (OGI) regulations and compare the key concerns with those that have emerged in other contexts. The research included a survey of mid- and upper-level Chinese government bureaucrats. The authors compare their findings to an established international framework of freedom of information implementation. The essay concludes that while the Chinese context is unique, the key issues surrounding implementation of the OGI regulations mirror in many ways what is found in other countries.