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Altering the rules: Chinese homeowners' participation in policymaking

Wandel der Regelungen: die Partizipation chinesischer Hauseigentümer an politischen Entscheidungsprozessen
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Jiang, Yihong

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Abstract "This study looks at Chinese homeowners' participation in policymaking. Drawing on evidence from Guangzhou and Beijing, it shows that various organised homeowner activists have moved upstream in the policy process and have begun to push beyond policy implementation into the domain of agenda setting and 'rule-making'. These advocates display rights-conscious patterns of behaviour that are closer to that of interest or lobby groups than to the typical repertoire of Chinese contentious citizens. The study suggests that this kind of political participation is on the rise amongst Chinese homeowner activists. This result complements and extends other recent findings that suggest the Chinese policy process is gradually opening up. Such a trend could have significant implications and calls for more research in different domains of state-society relations." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; regulation; political decision; political participation; homeowner; social actor; implementation; citizen; conception of democracy; democratization; political attitude; pressure group; interest orientation; Far East; developing country; Asia
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Organizational Sociology
Method applied research; descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 121-148
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