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Participatory Innovations Under Authoritarianism: Accountability and Responsiveness in Hangzhou’s Social Assessment of Government Performance
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5447-2271
2018 (English)In: Journal of Contemporary China, ISSN 1067-0564, E-ISSN 1469-9400, Vol. 27, no 110, p. 165-179Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the role of participatory governance innovations in China. The purpose is twofold. First, it seeks to explore the logic and dynamics behind participatory innovations in China. Second, it examines in what way a participatory innovation in Hangzhou can lead to increased accountability and responsiveness of the local government. Participatory innovations in China are used as a way to improve the Party-state’s governing capability and thereby strengthen the legitimacy and power of the Communist Party. Despite some limitations related to the evaluation of politically powerful Party and government departments, social assessment of government performance in Hangzhou serves as an input channel from society that put pressure on many government departments. The study finds that by allowing limited and controlled political participation, transparency and accountability to develop, the reform in Hangzhou improves the responsiveness of the political system.

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2018. Vol. 27, no 110, p. 165-179
Keywords [en]
Participatory governance, authoritarianism, China, accountability, responsiveness, participatory innovations, Hangzhou
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-344678DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2018.1389003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-344678DiVA, id: diva2:1188266
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Swedish Research Council, 2015-03088Available from: 2018-03-07 Created: 2018-03-07 Last updated: 2018-04-26Bibliographically approved

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