To Govern China : Evolving Practices of Power, Paperback / softback Book

To Govern China : Evolving Practices of Power Paperback / softback

Edited by Vivienne (University of Oxford) Shue, Patricia M. (University of Oxford) Thornton



How, practically speaking, is the Chinese polity - as immense and fissured as it has now become - actually being governed today?

Some analysts highlight signs of 'progress' in the direction of more liberal, open, and responsive rule.

Others dwell instead on the many remaining 'obstacles' to a hoped-for democratic transition.

Drawing together cutting-edge research from an international panel of experts, this volume argues that both those approaches rest upon too starkly drawn distinctions between democratic and non-democratic 'regime types', and concentrate too narrowly on institutions as opposed to practices.

The prevailing analytical focus on adaptive and resilient authoritarianism - a neo-institutionalist concept - fails to capture what are often cross-cutting currents in ongoing processes of political change.

Illuminating a vibrant repertoire of power practices employed in governing China today, these authors advance instead a more fluid, open-ended conceptual approach that privileges nimbleness, mutability, and receptivity to institutional and procedural invention and evolution.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 333 pages, Worked examples or Exercises
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Political structures: democracy
  • ISBN: 9781316643167



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