Authoritarian deliberation : the deliberative turn in Chinese political development

He, Baogang and Warren, Mark E. 2011, Authoritarian deliberation : the deliberative turn in Chinese political development, Perspectives on politics, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 269-289.

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Title Authoritarian deliberation : the deliberative turn in Chinese political development
Author(s) He, Baogang
Warren, Mark E.
Journal name Perspectives on politics
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Start page 269
End page 289
Total pages 21
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 1537-5927
Keyword(s) authoritarian
deliberative
political development
Summary Authoritarian rule in China is now permeated by a wide variety of deliberative practices. These practices combine authoritarian concentrations of power with deliberative influence, producing the apparent anomaly of authoritarian deliberation. Although deliberation is usually associated with democracy, they are distinct phenomena.Democracy involves the inclusion of individuals in matters that affect them through distributions of empowerments such as votes and rights. Deliberation is a mode of communication involving persuasion-based influence. Combinations of non-inclusive power and deliberative influence—authoritarian deliberation— are readily identifiable in China, probably reflecting failures of command authoritarianism under the conditions of complexity and pluralism produced by market-oriented development. The concept of authoritarian deliberation frames two possible trajectories of political development in China: the increasing use of deliberative practices stabilizes and strengthens authoritarian rule, or deliberative practices serve as a leading edge of democratization.
Language eng
Field of Research 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Cambridge University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045381

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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