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Title: AUTHORITARIAN RESILIENCE 2.0: THE CHINESE PARTY-STATE'S ADAPTIVE INTERNET STRATEGIES
Authors: SHUM PING
Keywords: authoritarian resilience, propaganda, internet, Chinese Communist Party, Chinese politics, Chinese media
Issue Date: 26-May-2016
Citation: SHUM PING (2016-05-26). AUTHORITARIAN RESILIENCE 2.0: THE CHINESE PARTY-STATE'S ADAPTIVE INTERNET STRATEGIES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: While the authoritarian resilience discourse was initially used to explain why the Chinese Communist Party survived the 1990s’ political turmoil, is it still valid today? The central research question of this thesis is: What is the role of the Internet in relation to authoritarian resilience in China? I will examine how the Chinese party-state utilises the Internet to help it stay in power. The party-sate’s approach to the Internet is not monolithic. I have identified five Internet strategies employed by the authorities: i) Internet commentators; ii) e-government; iii) government Weibo; iv) online message boards; and v) state-sponsored search engines. These five strategies show that the Chinese party-state's approach towards the Internet is not only about censorship and propaganda but also make use of this technology. This thesis broadens and deepens the debate, and provides a new perspective in the understanding of resilient authoritarianism, which I called ‘authoritarian resilience 2.0’.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/139522
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