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Uneven opening of China's society, economy, and politics: pro-growth authoritarian governance and protests in China

Lai, Hongyi

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Hongyi Lai



Abstract

This article evaluates China's model of development, especially its main component, i.e. its model of governance. It suggests that China's model of development is marked by an imbalance between fast opening of the economy and the society and sluggish opening of the political system. The Chinese society has become much more open, reflected in the Chinese growing awareness of their legal rights. The Chinese economy has become highly internationalized and open, but much of Chinese politics is closed. China's governance is marked by pro-growth authoritarianism. The Chinese state is effective in opening up the economy, promoting reform, and generating economic growth, but offers weak protection of people's rights and ineffectual mitigation of social grievances. These imbalances help produce social protests. Viable solutions are discussed.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 20, 2010
Journal Journal of Contemporary China
Print ISSN 1067-0564
Electronic ISSN 1067-0564
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 67
APA6 Citation Lai, H. (2010). Uneven opening of China's society, economy, and politics: pro-growth authoritarian governance and protests in China. Journal of Contemporary China, 19(67), doi:10.1080/10670564.2010.508581
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2010.508581
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10670564.2010.508581
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Contemporary China on 20.10.2010, available online: http://www.tandfonline....80/10670564.2010.508581

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