Uneven opening of China's society, economy, and politics: pro-growth authoritarian governance and protests in China

Lai, Hongyi (2010) Uneven opening of China's society, economy, and politics: pro-growth authoritarian governance and protests in China. Journal of Contemporary China, 19 (67). pp. 819-835. ISSN 1067-0564

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Abstract

This article evaluates China's model of development, especially its main component, i.e. its model of governance. It suggests that China's model of development is marked by an imbalance between fast opening of the economy and the society and sluggish opening of the political system. The Chinese society has become much more open, reflected in the Chinese growing awareness of their legal rights. The Chinese economy has become highly internationalized and open, but much of Chinese politics is closed. China's governance is marked by pro-growth authoritarianism. The Chinese state is effective in opening up the economy, promoting reform, and generating economic growth, but offers weak protection of people's rights and ineffectual mitigation of social grievances. These imbalances help produce social protests. Viable solutions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/706800
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Contemporary China on 20.10.2010, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10670564.2010.508581
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2010.508581
Depositing User: Liu, Zhenxing
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2015 16:49
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 16:29
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/27913

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