The Media and the Courts: Towards Competitive Supervision?
Benjamin L. Liebman
Columbia University - Law School
December 11, 2012
China Quarterly, Vol. 208, pp. 833-850, 2011
Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 12-296
Scholarship on Chinese governance has examined a range of factors that help to explain the resilience of authoritarianism. One understudied aspect of regime resilience and institutionalization has been the growing importance of supervision by a range of party-state entities. Examining court-media relations in China demonstrates that “competitive supervision” is an increasingly important tool for increasing state responsiveness and improving accountability. Court-media relations suggest that China is seeking to develop novel forms of horizontal accountability. Placing such relations in a broader institutional context also helps to explain why common paradigms used to analyze them may be inapplicable in China.
Keywords: China, courts, media, supervision, horizontal accountability, authoritarianism
Date posted: January 12, 2012 ; Last revised: March 2, 2012