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Authoritarian deliberation revisited

journal contribution
posted on 01.12.2018, 00:00 authored by Baogang HeBaogang He, Hendrik Wagenaar
This introductory paper reviews the origin and development of the concept of authoritarian deliberation, and highlights the importance of culture and cultural tradition associated with public consultation.
This paper summarizes and illustrates six key features of authoritarian deliberation in China. First, deliberation in China is a precarious balance between legal rule and state intervention. Second, the Party appeals to public reason to address and manage social conflict, and develop the soft coercion that accompanies much authoritarian deliberation. Third, this highly controlled deliberative process does, however, allow the freedom of local participants to find spaces for democratic expression, and local experiments to develop elements of deliberative democracy. Fourth, authoritarian deliberation is characterized by mutual instrumentalism. Fifth, there is an importance of an administrative and policy perspective in authoritarian deliberation. Six, the concept of authoritarian deliberation is not limited to China. There is the convergence in real-world deliberative process and outcome between authoritarian and liberal democratic systems.

History

Journal

Japanese Journal of Political Science

Volume

19

Issue

4

Season

December

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Location

Cambridge, Eng.

ISSN

1468-1099

Language

eng

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Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2018, Cambridge University Press