The Art of Political Control in China (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

The Art of Political Control in China (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics) by Daniel C. Mattingly 1108725368 9781108725361
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When and why do people obey political authority when it runs against their own interests to do so? This book is about the channels beyond direct repression through which Chinas authoritarian state controls protest and implements ambitious policies from sweeping urbanization schemes that have displaced millions to family planning initiatives like the one-child policy. Daniel C. Mattingly argues that Chinas remarkable state capacity is not simply a product of coercive institutions such as the secret police or the military. Instead, the state uses local civil society groups as hidden but effective tools of informal control to suppress dissent and implement far-reaching policies. Drawing on evidence from qualitative case studies, experiments, and national surveys, the book challenges the conventional wisdom that a robust civil society strengthens political responsiveness. Surprisingly, it is communities that lack strong civil society groups that find it easiest to act collectively and spontaneously resist the state.

Author: Daniel C. Mattingly

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 244

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2019-12-05


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