The China Journal, Forthcoming in Jan. 2018
25 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2017 Last revised: 10 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 9, 2017
This study examines changes in grassroots participation and repression under the Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping. Under Xi, the Party-state has launched political campaigns against a range of grassroots activists and organizations. This entails a shift in state repression from fragmentation to consolidation, and it has resulted in less room for contentious participation. However, institutionalized political participation—activities by ordinary people aimed at changing government behavior through official channels—has persisted. The Hu administration presided over the development of new institutions of public participation, and there is little evidence for their decay. Despite important breaks from the past under Xi, there are noteworthy continuities in the institutions that enable grassroots participation.
Keywords: China, political participation, repression, contention, authoritarian institutions, leadership
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Fu, Diana and Distelhorst, Greg, Grassroots Participation and Repression in Contemporary China (August 9, 2017). The China Journal, Forthcoming in Jan. 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3003614