“In some cases after the senior leaders study an issue for over a year it takes another year to get the implementation procedures settled. Isn’t this ridiculous?” Mr. Li was quoted as saying.
“Before we can simplify administrative procedures and delegate authority to lower levels of government, we really need a revolution in our own thinking,” he reportedly added.
As skeptical as I am about the ability of a one man to alter a governance model that has been in place since well before Beijing became the Imperial capital, I hope he succeeds. But I am not optimistic.
The problems of China’s bureaucracy are not unlike those that governments face elsewhere: corruption, careerism, and the promotion of the mediocre. Those call for more than simple spankings and token firings. They demand a systemic overhaul.
When Li creates a system that recognizes, rewards, and promotes public servants who are clean, dedicated, and effective and shitcans everyone else, he will have fixed the problem. Anything short of that is so much political theater.