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The Art of Political Control in China

The Art of Political Control in China

Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 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 China's 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 China's 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.

    • Proposes a new theory of state control in China and other autocracies
    • Shows how civil society organizations are used to infiltrate and control social groups
    • Combines evidence from qualitative case studies, experiments, and national surveys
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    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108725361
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A theory of political control
    3. The Communist Party's governance
    4. Cultivating civil society
    5. Co-optation
    6. Infiltration
    7. Conclusion
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Daniel C. Mattingly, Yale University, Connecticut
    Daniel C. Mattingly is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University, Connecticut. He was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

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