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Giving the people a voice? Experiments with consultative authoritarian institutions in China

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posted on 01.09.2010, 00:00 authored by Baogang HeBaogang He, S Thøgersen
In the last decade Chinese consultative authoritarianism has been renewed through many political and administrative innovations and tools. Authoritarian rule in China is now permeated by a wide variety of consultative and deliberative practices. These practices stabilize and strengthen authoritarian rule, leading to deliberative authoritarianism, an advanced form of consultative authoritarianism. This paper discusses two experiments—deliberative polling at Zeguo, Zhejiang, and a township election in Ya'an, Sichuan. Through these two cases we examine the direction which the development of consultative authoritarianism is presently taking, and the potentials and limitations of such input mechanisms in an authoritarian setting.

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Journal

Journal of contemporary China

Volume

19

Issue

66

Pagination

675 - 692

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Oxon, England

ISSN

1067-0564

eISSN

1469-9400

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2010, Taylor & Francis

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