Contentious politics and political stability in contemporary China: an institutionalist explanation

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Publication Type dissertation
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Political Science
Author Lei, Shaohua
Title Contentious politics and political stability in contemporary China: an institutionalist explanation
Date 2013-08
Description The Communist regime in China survived the collapse of the Soviet Communist Bloc in the early 1990s. Since then, China has sustained rapid economic growth with an annual growth rate of 8%. However, in recent years, we have witnessed increasing social protests in Chinese cities and rural areas. The increasing contentious politics and a stable authoritarian regime puzzles theorists on authoritarian regime and political transition. This dissertation seeks to answer the question, why or how China's authoritarian regime has remained politically stable with increasing social protest. It adopts an institutionalist approach to explore the interaction between contentious politics and political institutional arrangements. It argues that the multilevel reasonability structure is the key to understanding political stability in China. This structure not only can absorb exogenous shock, but also can prevent endogenous subversion and can avoid power disequilibrium.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Contentious politics; Political stability; The multilevel reasonability structure
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name Doctor of Philosophy
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Shaohua Lei 2013
Format Medium application/pdf
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Identifier etd3/id/2543
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Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2013-11-22
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 196119
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s62z4dp7
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