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The fourth issue of "series of activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the academy" And the 161st issue of "on Taoism" Forum

At 9:00 a.m. on November 6, 2021, the 161st issue of "on Taoism·famous experts forum" of the School of Public Management at Nanjing Normal University was successfully held through the Tencent Conference platform. Zhouwang Chen, professor from the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University, was invited as the key speaker to give a lecture, titled "another possibility of state theory". The lecture was presided over by Professor Chen Hui, director of the Department of Public Administration of the School of Public Management, and attracted 484 teachers and students from different universities around China. The interactive atmosphere was active and the students benefited a lot.

At the beginning of the lecture, Professor Chen Hui solemnly introduced the speaker, Professor Chen Zhouwang, to all teachers and students, and expressed his sincerely welcome on behalf of the School. Then, the lecture officially began.

Firstly, Professor Chen reviewed the construction and interpretation of the concept of state by political pioneers, such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Marx and Weber and scholars of three main theoretical schools since modern times, and systematically combed the reasons for the two important topics of "state theory" - "state formation" and "state collapse". Professor Chen concluded that the "fiscal military state" and "welfare state" theories constitute the main models for western scholars to construct the concept of state. Although they have strong reference relevance, they still can not restore the real picture of state governance in an all-round way. We should ask whether there is another possibility of state theory.

Professor Chen pointed out that we should reconstruct the definition of state and advocate understanding the positioning, characteristics and behavior mode of state from the perspective of "governance state". The concept of "governance state" advocates that the state is the responsible subject of public policy-making, not just a simple power container and political place. Historically, the extreme development of "fiscal military state" led to two world wars. Its essential goal is not a governance state, but it reflects the germination of governance in its development process. From this perspective, it can be seen that a governance state is the true existence of a state. Professor Chen further pointed out that the governance country is not a unique development form of China. This concept can not only explain China's national governance, but also help to understand the social reality of other countries. Based on this, China should also put forward our own national theory.

At the end of the lecture, Professor Chen Hui and students attending the meeting had a heated discussion on relevant topics of. The lecture was a complete success.