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|Other Titles: ||The Political Consequences of Limited Reforms: How Political Mobilization Reshapes the Pattern of Participation of Chinese Citizens|
Keng, Shu;Chen, Yi-Ling;Chen, Lu-Huei
|Keywords: ||政治參與;基層治理;中國政治;選舉;居民委員會;political participation;local governance;Chinese politics;elections;residence committee|
|Issue Date: ||2009-01-13 17:18:19 (UTC+8)|
Among the countries undergoing market transitions, China is rather unique in bringing together market economy with authoritarian governance. Facing the challenges of socioeconomic transformation, the Chinese party-state responds them with a series of political reforms aiming at strengthening the legitimacy and capacity of the regime. In urban areas, direct elections have been initiated to choose the Residence Committee. Although these elections have been institutionalized, citizens' participation in these elections is still being ”mobilized” by the party-state and therefore, the political consequences of these elections are considered as limited by most China scholars. This paper, after studying the 2003 and 2006 local-level elections in Shanghai city, however, points to a different direction, We find that the predominant ”mobilizational participation” has considerably reshaped the sense of political efficacy and community consciousness of many Shanghainese, especially those participate deeply and more forcefully. In other words, judging from our field data, the participation experience itself, no matter voluntary or mobilizational, will surely make difference. The attitudinal changes among Shanghai citizens thus should be considered, as the unintended consequences of an authoritarian regime to use elections to consolidate its legitimacy and power.
|Relation: ||人文及社會科學集刊 ,20(4),513-552|
|Data Type: ||article|
|Appears in Collections:||[選舉研究中心] 期刊論文|
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