1st Edition

Public Participation and State Building in China Case Studies from Zhejiang

By Dragan Pavlićević Copyright 2020
    180 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 democratisation. 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.

    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


    Dragan Pavlićević is an Associate Professor 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.