Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Chinese Public Administration Review aims to develop theories and knowledge to tackle increasingly complex public administration and public policy issues in China and the Asian region. CPAR welcomes diverse public administration and public policy topics with significant theoretical and practical implications including, but not limited to, administrative reform, public policy implementation, administrative law, public sector innovation, public human resource management, public performance management, public budgeting and finance, nonprofit management and civil society, E-government, urban development and smart cities, intellectual history of public administration, comparative public administration, etc.

CPAR will publish research papers, special symposia, and book reviews. It will contribute to the understanding of public administration and policy issues in China and beyond. It will also serve as an important international academic platform for scholars in the field to exchange and spread ideas. CPAR is a peer reviewed academic journal. Submissions should not have been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Book Review

  • Marc Holzer
  • Huafang Li
  • Elaine Lu
  • Jonathan Wexler
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

CPAR peer review process is as follows.

1. The author submits a manuscript via cpar.net.

2. Editors decide within a few weeks whether to send to reviewers or reject

3. Editors send out a manuscript to reviewers. Reviewers are selected from a reviewers’ pool that includes, but is not limited to, editorial board members, former authors, authors who wrote about Chinese public administration and related fields in previous years. It is requested that reviewers’ comments be sent back within two months.

4. Editors make decisions on acceptance, rejection, or offering revision and resubmission, and notify the author. If offered revision and resubmission, the author will be required to resubmit within two months.

5. Editors send revisions to reviewers again and request feedback within a month. CPAR will not offer a third round review.

6. Editors make final decisions and notify the author of acceptance or rejection.


Publication Frequency

CPAR will publish twice annually, but articles will be published online on a continual basis as they are accepted.  Please see the "Current" article section of our website.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Editorial Board

P.R. China (Mainland)

Jing Bao, Chinese Public Administration Society 

Guoxian Bao, Lanzhou University

Zhenming Chen, Xiamen University

Keyong Dong, Renmin University of China

Xiaoping Gao, Chinese Public Administration Society

Taijun Jin, SooChow University

Yijia Jing, Fudan University

Jiannan Wu, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Shuzhang Xia, Sun Yat-sen University

Lan Xue, Tsinghua University

Xiaolin Xu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Chengfu Zhang, Renmin University of China

Guanghui Zhou, Jilin University

Qianwei Zhu, Fudan University

Kaifeng Yang, Renmin University of China


Hong Kong

Hon Chan, City University of Hong Kong

Ian Holliday, University of Hong Kong

King K. Tsao, Chinse University of Hong Kong

Shaoguang Wang, Chinese University of Kong Kong

Richard Walker, City University of Hong Kong

Martin Painter, City University of Hong Kong



Chung-yuang Jan, Tawian, National Chenzhi University


South Korea

Yun-Won Hwang, Chung-Ang University

Chan-Gon Kim, Vice Mayor Central District

M. Jae Moon, Yonsei University

Pan S. Kim, Yonsei University-Wonju



Peter B. Boorsma, University of Twente


United States

Jeanne Marie Col, City University of New York-John Jay College
Gregory Chow, Princeton University
Mary Hamilton, University of Nebraska
Edward Jennings, University of Kentucky
Donald Klingner, University of Colorado
Zhiyong Lan, Arizona State University
Allan Rosenbaum, Florida International University
Zixiang (Alex) Tan, Syracuse University
Hua Xu, Auburn University at Montgomery
Kenneth W. Foster, Concordia College
David H. Rosenbloom, American University
Suzanne Piotrowski, Rutgers University-Newark
Yahong Zhang, Rutgers University-Newark
Weiwei Lin, Rutgers University-Newark
Yilin Hou, Syracuse University
E.S. Savas, City University of New York-Baruch College
Bin Chen, City University of New York-Baruch College
Terry L. Cooper, University of Southern California
Barry Bozeman, Arizona State University
Jonathan West, University of Miami
Mengzhong Zhang, University of Massachusetts Boston
Zhirong Zhao, University of Minnesota


New Zealand

Evan Berman, Victoria University of Wellington


United Kingdom

Daniel Harris, Overseas Development Institute Politics and Government






Call for Manuscripts

Chinese Public Administration Review (CPAR) (ISSN 1539-6754) is the official journal of the Section of Chinese Public Administration of the American Society for Public Administration. CPAR is a peer-reviewed journal published biannually by the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University - Newark and is indexed in Google Scholar and Open Archives Initiative (OAI). 


While CPAR is the first international journal specifically addressing the issues of Chinese public administration, riding on the rise of China, Asia, and increasingly global interconnectedness, CPAR is expanding its focus beyond China to embrace Asia and the whole Pan-Pacific region. CPAR currently offers sections on Original Research Articles, Educating International Students in Public Administration, Revisiting the Best of CPAR, and Book Reviews.


Focused on multidisciplinary scholarship, CPAR aims to develop theories and knowledge to tackle increasingly complex public administration and public policy issues in the region. CPAR welcomes diverse public administration and public policy topics with significant theoretical and practical implications including, but not limited to:


• Administrative Reform

• Administrative Law

• Public Policy Implementation

• Public Sector Innovation

• Public Sector Human Resource Management

• Public Performance Management

• Public Budgeting and Finance

• Nonprofit Management and Civil Society

• E-government and Smart Cities

• Intellectual History of Public Administration

• Comparative Public Administration


Submissions should not have been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Please submit all manuscripts via cpar.net

If you have any questions, please directly contact cparsubmission@gmail.com 



Marc Holzer, University Professor

School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)

Rutgers University-Newark




Elaine Yi Lu, Associate Professor

City University of New York-John Jay College



For more information, please visit the CPAR website: CPAR.net


Ethics Statement

The Chinese Public Administration Review (CPAR), the official journal of the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Chinese Public Administration, abides by the ethical statement of the Society. All manuscripts submitted for publication must meet these standards.


The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) advances the science, art, and practice of public administration.  The Society affirms its responsibility to develop the spirit of responsible professionalism within its membership and to increase awareness and commitment to ethical principles and standards among all those who work in public service in all sectors. To this end, we, the members of the Society, commit ourselves to uphold the following principles:


1. Advance the Public Interest. Promote the interests of the public and put service to the public above service to oneself. 

2. Uphold the Constitution and the Law.  
Respect and support government constitutions and laws, while seeking to improve laws and policies to promote the public good.  

3. Promote democratic participation.  
Inform the public and encourage active engagement in governance.  Be open, transparent and responsive, and respect and assist all 
persons in their dealings with public organizations.   

4. Strengthen social equity. 
Treat all persons with fairness, justice, and equality and respect individual differences, rights, and freedoms. Promote affirmative action and other initiatives to reduce unfairness, injustice, and inequality in society. 

5. Fully Inform and Advise.  
Provide accurate, honest, comprehensive, and timely information and advice to elected and appointed officials and governing board members, and to staff members in your organization. 

6. Demonstrate personal integrity.  
Adhere to the highest standards of conduct to inspire public confidence and trust in public service. 

7. Promote Ethical Organizations:  
Strive to attain the highest standards of ethics, stewardship, and public service in organizations that serve the public.
8. Advance Professional Excellence:  
Strengthen personal capabilities to act competently and ethically and encourage the professional development of others.