HKUST PPOL Newsletter Spring 2023

He, Jingwei Alex, Fan, Yumeng, and Su, Rui. (2022). Seeking Policy Solutions in a Complex System: Experimentalist Governance in China’s Healthcare Reform. by an experimental approach that offers a conducive framework to seek policy solutions amidst high levels of complexity in a multilevel governance structure. Four distinctive experimental modalities are conceptualized based on varying levels of technical and interest complexity, which represent salient constraints for policy reforms in a complex system, especially in the health sector. The four modalities: he paper tackles the problem of “wicked” policy problems proliferation in complex systems T trail-blazing pilots, crowdsourcing pilots, managed pilots, and road-testing pilots are all associated with distinct mechanisms of experimentation in a multilevel governance structure. Four illustrative cases from China’s massive experimental program of public hospital reform are presented to demonstrate how experimentalist governance seeks policy solutions in the health sector. It is proven that governance can play an instrumental role in seeking solutions for difficult problems in a complex policy system. Policy Sciences, 55(4), 755-776. 16 Research Showcase Urban and Social Policy The health policy gridlock in China, 1980s–2010s