This book explores how far the concept of fragmented authoritarianism remains valid as the key concept for understanding how the Chinese political process works. It contrasts fragmented authoritarianism, which places bureaucratic bargaining at the centre of policy-making, arguing that the goals and interests of the implementing agencies have to be incorporated into a policy if implementation is to be secured, with other characterisations of China’s political process. Individual chapters consider fragmented authoritarianism at work in a range of key policy areas, including energy issues, climate change and environmental management, financial reform, and civil-military relations. The book also explores policy making at the national, provincial, city and local levels; debates how far the model of fragmented authoritarianism is valid in its current form or whether modifications are needed; and discusses whether the system of policy making and implementation is overcomplicated, unwieldy and ineffective or whether it is constructive in enabling widespread consultation and scope for imagination, flexibility and variation.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Andrew Mertha and Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard
2. Revisiting Fragmented Authoritarianism in China’s Central Energy Administration, Nis Grünberg
3. 'Fragmented Authoritarianism’ or ‘Integrated Fragmentation’? Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard
4. Tobacco Control in China: Institutions, Bureaucratic Noncompliance and Policy Ineffectiveness, Jiwei Qian
5. Unorthodox Approaches to Public Participation in Authoritarian Regimes: The Making of China’s Recent Healthcare Reforms, Yoel Kornreich
6. Private Interests in Chinese Politics: A Case Study on Health Care Sector Reforms, Daniele Brombal
7. Bargaining Science: Negotiating Earthquakes, Louise Lyngfeldt Gorm Hansen
8. "When One Place is in Trouble, Help Comes From All Sides": Fragmented Authoritarianism in Post-Disaster Reconstruction, Christian Sorace
9. Urban Climate Change Politics in China: Fragmented Authoritarianism and Governance Innovations in Hangzhou, Jørgen Delman
10. The Domestic Politics of China’s Financial Reform, Yang Jiang
11. Catalysts to the Fragmented Party Control of the Gun: Is It Hollowed from Inside-out? You Ji
Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard is Professor and Director of the Asia Research Centre at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.