The Research Center of Government by Law at the China University of Political Science and Law released the Report on the Evaluation of Chinese Governments by Law (2014) recently. Of the 100 evaluated cities, Guangzhou ranked first, followed by Beijing and Foshan.
Foshan ranked 3rd
The Center began an annual evaluation of government by law in 2013 and released its first evaluation report at the end of last year. In that report, the Guangzhou municipal government scored 234.93 points, 46.06 points higher than the national average and the highest among the 53 evaluated large cities in China.
This year's evaluation report shows that Guangzhou has the highest score among the 100 evaluated cities.
In November 21, 2013, Guangzhou officials put 387 items of administrative examination and approval powers and 3,138 items of administrative punishment powers on the website of the Guangzhou municipal government for public scrutiny, becoming the first city in China to show a list of administrative powers. Guangzhou officials have carried out five rounds of reforms of the city's administrative examination and approval system, abolishing more than 2,700 matters requiring administrative approval.