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  1. Social Protest and Contentious Authoritarianism in China
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  2. Social Protest and Contentious Authoritarianism in China

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Xi Chen explores the question of why there has been a dramatic rise in and routinization of social protests in China since the early 1990s. Drawing on case studies, in-depth interviews, and a unique data set of about 1,000 government records of collective petitions, this book examines how the political structure in Reform China has encouraged Chinese farmers, workers, pensioners, disabled people, and demobilized soldiers to pursue their interests and claim their rights by staging collective protests. Chen suggests that routinized contentious bargaining between the government and ordinary people has remedied the weaknesses of the Chinese political system and contributed to the regime's resilience. Social Protest and Contentious Authoritarianism in China challenges the conventional wisdom that authoritarian regimes always repress popular collective protest and that popular collective action tends to destabilize authoritarian regimes.

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Cambridge University Press
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This book challenges the usual narrative of conflict between state and society in China. It shows how popular protest and the state’s response to it forms part of a pattern of governance that sustains China’s unique brand of authoritarianism.

Readers interested in local politics and Communist Party resilience in China should also read Ben Hillman’s Patronage and Power, which is probably more accessible to the general reader. Hillman shows that power in China is exercised through informal networks that crisscross state and society. This book is full of fascinating stories about how Chinese government works at the local level.
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