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The Art of Political Control in China

Daniel C. Mattingly (Yale University, Connecticut)

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Cambridge University Press
05 December 2019
History; Sociology; Comparative politics; Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship; Political control & freedoms
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.
By:   Daniel C. Mattingly (Yale University Connecticut)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 150mm,  Width: 230mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   410g
ISBN:   9781108725361
ISBN 10:   1108725368
Series:   Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Pages:   244
Publication Date:   05 December 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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.

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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