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Citizen–media interaction in China’s local participatory reform: a contingent participation model

Zhuang, Meixi; Zhang, Xiaoling; Morgan, Stephen

Authors

Meixi Zhuang

Xiaoling Zhang

STEPHEN MORGAN s.morgan@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Chinese Economic History



Abstract

Mass media play an important role in grassroots democracy, yet the dynamics of media-citizen interaction remains under-researched. Using the case of “Civil Monitory Organization” (CMO) program in Zhejiang’s Wenzhou city, we show how local media and the local government to whom the local media are held accountable shape citizen participation. We develop the framework of “contingent participation” to analyze the constraints on local political participation. Based on our observation of the CMO activism, we typologize four participation behaviours: (1) symbolic participation, (2) instrumental participation, (3) managed participation, and (4) transgressive participation. We conclude that contingent participation yields paradoxical results inherent under authoritarian rule: it aims to mobilize citizens to solve governance problems, yet denies the free flow of information and full participation of citizens.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of Contemporary China
Print ISSN 1067-0564
Electronic ISSN 1469-9400
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 109
APA6 Citation Zhuang, M., Zhang, X., & Morgan, S. (in press). Citizen–media interaction in China’s local participatory reform: a contingent participation model. Journal of Contemporary China, 27(109), https://doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2017.1363025
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2017.1363025
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10670564.2017.1363025
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Contemporary China on 28 August 2017 available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/10670564.2017.1363025

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