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Chinese Authoritarianism in the Information Age: Internet, Media, and Public Opinion

Zhao, Suisheng (University of Denver, Colorado, USA)

978 0 8153 7914 0
List price(s):
140.00 USD
115.00 GBP

Publication date:
13 February 2018

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This book examines information and public opinion control by the authoritarian state in response to popular access to information and upgraded political communication channels among the citizens in contemporary China. Empowered by mass media, particularly social media and other information technology, Chinese citizen's access to information has been expanded. Publicly focusing events and opinions have served as catalysts to shape the agenda for policy making and law making, narrow down the set of policy options, and change the pace of policy implementation. Yet, the authoritarian state remains in tight control of media, including social media, to deny the free flow of information and shape public opinion through a centralized institutional framework for propaganda and information technologies. The evolving process of media control and public opinion manipulation has constrained citizen's political participation and strengthened Chinese authoritarianism in the information age. The chapters originally published as articles in the Journal of Contemporary China.

Table of contents: 

Part I: Internet Technology and Cyber China 1. How Networked Authoritarianism was operationalized in China: Methods and Procedures of Public Opinion Control Wen-Hsuan Tsai 2. Cyber China, Upgrading Propaganda, Public Opinion Work and Social Management for the 21st Century Rogier Creemers 3. Internet Exposure and Political Beliefs among Educated Youth in China Shiru Wang 4. Does ICT Diffusion Increase Government Responsiveness in Autocracies? An empirical assessment of the political implications of China's Internet Paul Minard 5. Consultative Authoritarianism: The drafting of China's Internet Security Law and E-Commerce Law Jinting Deng and Pinxin Liu Part II: Public Opinion and Information Management 6. Public Focusing Events as Catalysts: An Empirical Study of Pressure-Induced Legislations in China Xin Zhang and Xiaodong Ding 7. Information Management during Crisis Events: A Case Study of Beijing Floods of 2012 Maria Repnikova 8. Revisiting Political Wariness in China's Public Opinion Surveys: Experimental Evidence on Responses to Politically Sensitive Questions Xuchuan Lei and Jie Lu 9. Distortion and Credibility within China's Internal Information System Kezhou Xiao and Brantly Womack Part III: Media Control and Policy Consequences 10. Power Structure and Media Autonomy in China: The Case of Southern Weekend Xia Ying, Bing Guan and Gong Cheng 11. Shanzhai Media Culture: Failed Intervention to the Disingenuous Neoliberal Logic of Chinese Media Jian Xu 12. Support for Propaganda: Chinese perceptions of public service advertising. Ashley Esarey, Daniela Stockmann and Jie Zhang 13. Acquiring Political Information in Contemporary China: Various Media Channels and Their Respective Correlates Jie Lu 14. Media and Chinese foreign policy Jianwei Wang and Xiaojie Wang


Suisheng Zhao is Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China.




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