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Title: Information technology, public space, and collective action in China
Authors: Zheng, Y. 
Wu, G.
Keywords: China
Collective action
Political democratization
Political liberalization
Issue Date: Jun-2005
Citation: Zheng, Y., Wu, G. (2005-06). Information technology, public space, and collective action in China. Comparative Political Studies 38 (5) : 507-536. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The Internet has stimulated academic inquiries on the political implications of the Internet revolution. A great deal of attention has been focused on the following: Has the Internet altered the nature of interaction between the state and society? Will the Internet ultimately be able to promote the democratic transition of existing authoritarian political systems? This article attempts to address these two questions based on an empirical study of the situation in China. The article explores the democratic implications of the Internet in the context of the interplay between the state and society by setting up a three-layered analytical framework, that is, the Internet as a tool for communication, the Internet as public space, and the Internet as a means for collective action. In China, the impact of the Internet on democratic transition differs at each of these three layers, depending on the interaction strategies between the state and society. © 2005 Sage Publications.
Source Title: Comparative Political Studies
ISSN: 00104140
DOI: 10.1177/0010414004273505
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