Public Participation and State Building in China: Case Studies from Zhejiang, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Public Participation and State Building in China

Case Studies from Zhejiang, 1st Edition

By Dragan Pavlićević


192 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367280925
pub: 2019-11-14
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This book explores non-electoral means of public participation in contemporary China, both as an outcome of and a key contributor to the party-state’s efforts to improve its governing capacity.

Examining consultative meetings, public hearings and the use of surveys and questionnaires in Zhejiang province, on an empirical level, the study evaluates the historical development, and institutional backgrounds of these mechanisms, as well as provides a critical assessment of their achievements and failures. At the same time, on a theoretical level, this book contributes to the broader scholarship on contemporary Chinese politics and political development within one-party regimes, as well as debates about state building and democratization. Relying on the distinction between access to and exercise of power, it concludes that non-electoral public participation is in fact a function of state building. Developing a state capable of producing effective solutions to governing challenges, it is argued, requires public participation in the governing process.

With analysis informed by interviews with local-level policy-makers and officials, academics and citizens’ representatives and activists, Public Participation and State Building in China will be a valuable research resource for students and scholars of Chinese politics, political science and civil society.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Making Sense of Participatory Politics within China’s One-Party System

3. Local Government Innovation: Legitimising Public Participation as a Means of State Building

4. Public Hearings

5. Consultative Meetings

6. The Use of Surveys and Questionnaires

7. Conclusions and Implications

About the Author

Dragan Pavlicevic is Lecturer in China Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University, China. He holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham and was previously Visiting Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies