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Chinese Politics as Fragmented Authoritarianism: Earthquakes, Energy and Environment

Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)



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10 April 2018
Political structure & processes; Central government policies; Regional government policies
This book explores how far the concept of fragmented authoritarianism remains valid as the key concept for understanding how the Chinese political process works. It contrasts fragmented authoritarianism, which places bureaucratic bargaining at the centre of policy-making, arguing that the goals and interests of the implementing agencies have to be incorporated into a policy if implementation is to be secured, with other characterisations of China's political process. Individual chapters consider fragmented authoritarianism at work in a range of key policy areas, including energy issues, climate change and environmental management, financial reform, and civil-military relations. The book also explores policy making at the national, provincial, city and local levels; debates how far the model of fragmented authoritarianism is valid in its current form or whether modifications are needed; and discusses whether the system of policy making and implementation is overcomplicated, unwieldy and ineffective or whether it is constructive in enabling widespread consultation and scope for imagination, flexibility and variation.

Edited by:   Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard (Copenhagen Business School Denmark)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9781138588110
ISBN 10:   1138588113
Series:   China Policy Series
Pages:   228
Publication Date:   10 April 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction, Andrew Mertha and Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard 2. Revisiting Fragmented Authoritarianism in China's Central Energy Administration, Nis Grunberg 3. 'Fragmented Authoritarianism' or `Integrated Fragmentation'? Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard 4. Tobacco Control in China: Institutions, Bureaucratic Noncompliance and Policy Ineffectiveness, Jiwei Qian 5. Unorthodox Approaches to Public Participation in Authoritarian Regimes: The Making of China's Recent Healthcare Reforms, Yoel Kornreich 6. Private Interests in Chinese Politics: A Case Study on Health Care Sector Reforms, Daniele Brombal 7. Bargaining Science: Negotiating Earthquakes, Louise Lyngfeldt Gorm Hansen 8. When One Place is in Trouble, Help Comes From All Sides : Fragmented Authoritarianism in Post-Disaster Reconstruction, Christian Sorace 9. Urban Climate Change Politics in China: Fragmented Authoritarianism and Governance Innovations in Hangzhou, Jorgen Delman 10. The Domestic Politics of China's Financial Reform, Yang Jiang 11. Catalysts to the Fragmented Party Control of the Gun: Is It Hollowed from Inside-out? You Ji

Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard is Professor and Director of the Asia Research Centre at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

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