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Liberalization in Times of Instability: Margins of Unconventional Participation in Chinese Authoritarianism


Günter Schucher


GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

June 7, 2009

GIGA Working Paper No 103

Abstract:     
Unconventional participation is by no means regime-threatening per se, not even in an authoritarian regime like China. On the contrary, the Chinese government has been able to generate legitimacy by tolerating certain forms of unconventional participation and by localizing the responsibility for solving conflicts. The current leadership in Beijing has chosen these strategies to channel protests, co-opt civic society, and avoid blame - complementary to rather repressive forms of governance. An evaluation of protest events shows that the government has succeeded in containing protests quantitatively as well as qualitatively (that is, in terms of scope and the potential threat to the political system) through the extension of opportunities to air grievances.

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Keywords: PR China, authoritarianism, opportunity and threat, central-local relationship, unconventional participation, legitimacy, protest events

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Date posted: July 8, 2009 ; Last revised: August 17, 2012

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Schucher, Günter, Liberalization in Times of Instability: Margins of Unconventional Participation in Chinese Authoritarianism (June 7, 2009). GIGA Working Paper No 103. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1430809 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1430809

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