Political Participation in Beijing

ISBN-10: 0674686411
ISBN-13: 9780674686410
Edition: 1997
Authors: Tianjian Shi
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Book details

List price: $44.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 8/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

In a society where communication channels are controlled by the government, Shi discovers access to information from unofficial means becomes the single most important determinant for people's engaging in participatory acts.

Tianjian Shi is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duke University.

Preface
Introduction
Impact of Institutional Setting on Stage of the Policy Process People Participate In
Impact of Institutional Setting on Primary Strategy for Participation
Institutional Settings, Resources, and Political Participation inBeijing
Definition of Political Participation
Effectiveness of Participation
Data
The Validity of the Survey
Overview of the Book
Forms of Citizen Participation in Beijing
Elections
Persuading Others to Attend Campaign or Briefing Meetings
Campaigns for Candidates
Persuading Others to Boycott Unfair Elections
Personal Contacting
Contacting Leaders of Work Units
Appeals through the Bureaucratic Hierarchy
Complaints through Political Organizations
Complaints through the Trade Unions
Complaints through Deputies to the People's Congresses
Reports to Complaint Bureaus at Higher Levels
Letter Writing to Government Officials
Letter Writing to Editors of Newspapers
Guanxi and Gifts in Exchange for Help
Strikes and Slowdowns on the job
Organizing Groups to Fight against Leaders
Whipping up Public Opinion against Leaders
Going to Court
Big-Character Posters
Demonstrations
Conclusion
The Extent of Citizen Participation
Methodology
How Much Participation Is There in Beijing?
How Widespread Is Participation in Beijing?
Conclusion
Modes of Political Participation in China
Dimensions of Participation
The Dimensions and Modes of Activity
An Empirical Test of the Modes of Participation
The Rotated-Factor Solution
Confirmatory Factor Analysis
The Relationships among Factors
Conclusion
Understanding Voting in Beijing
The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Voter Turnout
Isolating the Effects of Socioeconomic Status and Danwei on VoterTurnout
Party Affiliation and Voter Turnout
Age, Gender, and Turnout
Conclusion
Campaign Activities and Election Boycotts
Campaign Activities
Election Boycotts
Conclusion
Appeal Activities in Beijing
State, Society, and Appeal Making in China
Multivariate Analysis of Appeals
Confrontational versus Conciliatory Appeals
Conclusion
Adversarial Activities, Resistance, and Cronyism
Adversarial Activities
Resistance
Cronyism
Conclusion
Conclusion
The Future of Chinese Democracy
Appendix: Sample Design
Notes
Index

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