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Online consultation and citizen feedback in Chinese policymaking

Online-Beratung und Reaktionen der Bürger in chinesichen politischen Entscheidungen
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Balla, Steven J.; Liao, Zhou

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Abstract "In recent years, the Chinese government has increasingly utilised online consultation as a means of providing citizens with opportunities to offer feedback on draft laws and regulations. As little is known about the operation of online consultation, this article analyses the content of citizen feedback submitted on a revision to China's health system proposed by the National Development and Reform Commission. Citizen engagement with the political and substantive issues under consideration is crucial if online consultation is to impact government decision-making and enhance the performance of laws and regulations. This paper's main findings are that it was common for comments to address substantive issues in great depth, as well as express negative assessments of government decisions. This suggests that online consultation holds promise as an instrument of governance reform, which the Chinese Communist Party has embraced as a means of cultivating popular support." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; online survey; online service; online media; counseling; reaction; political decision; networking; conception of democracy; effect; impact analysis; disposition to reform; involvement; participation; Far East; developing country; Asia
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; Interactive, electronic Media; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method applied research; descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 101-120
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 42 (2013) 3
Issue topic Local autonomy and welfare policy in greater China
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works