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The Contentious Public Sphere: Law, Media, and Authoritarian Rule in China

Ya-Wen Lei


Since the mid-2000s, public opinion and debate in China have become increasingly common and consequential, despite the ongoing censorship of speech and regulation of civil society. How did this happen? This book shows how the Chinese state drew on law, the media, and the Internet to further an authoritarian project of modernization, but in so doing, inadvertently created a nationwide public sphere in China—one the state must now endeavor to control. The book examines the influence this unruly sphere has had on Chinese politics and the ways that the state has responded. It shows that the develo ... More

Keywords: China, Chinese state, modernization, Chinese politics, Chinese people, state–society relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691196145
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196145.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ya-Wen Lei, author
Harvard University