Authoritarian Deliberation: Public Deliberation in China

Jiang, M. (2008). Authoritarian deliberation: Public deliberation in China. New Media and the Social Reform (pp. 273-290). Proceedings of the 2008 Global Communication Forum, Shanghai, China, 21-22, June, 2008. Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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Min Jiang

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte

Date Written: June 1, 2008

Abstract

Public deliberation has long been recognized as a cornerstone of participatory democracy and representative government. However, its potential in non-democratic societies is largely unrealized. The paper draws on Western theories of public deliberation and discusses the characteristics of China’s deliberative experience. Online deliberation in both Western and Chinese societies is also considered as an extension of offline activities. The concept of authoritarian deliberation is employed to recognize the substantial amount of public deliberation about policy within an authoritarian state and to distinguish it from that in democratic countries.

Keywords: deliberation, China, government, website, democracy, Internet

Suggested Citation

Jiang, Min, Authoritarian Deliberation: Public Deliberation in China (June 1, 2008). Jiang, M. (2008). Authoritarian deliberation: Public deliberation in China. New Media and the Social Reform (pp. 273-290). Proceedings of the 2008 Global Communication Forum, Shanghai, China, 21-22, June, 2008. Shanghai Jiao Tong University., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1672887

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