Attend seminar on “Participatory Authoritarianism: From Bureaucratic Transformation to Civic Participation in Russia and China” given by Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Dr. Catherine Owen, University of Exeter, UK

Chen, J. Y. (Närvarande)

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This paper explores the way in which Russian and Chinese governments have rearticulated global trends towards active citizenship and participatory governance, and integrated them into pre-existing illiberal political traditions. The concept of ‘participatory authoritarianism’ is proposed in order to capture the resulting practices of local governance that, on the one hand enable citizens to engage directly with local officials in the policy process, but limit, direct and control civic participation on the other. The paper explores the emergence of discourses of active citizenship at the national level and the accompanying legislative development of government-organised participatory mechanisms, demonstrating how the twin logics of openness and control, pluralism and monism, are built into their rationale and implementation. It argues that as state bureaucracies have integrated into international financial markets, so new participatory mechanisms have become more important for local governance as government agencies have lost the monopoly of information for effective policy-making. Practices of participatory authoritarianism enable governments to implement public sector reform while directing increased civic agency into non-threatening channels.
Period18 nov 2019
Typ av evenemangSeminarium
PlatsHelsinki, Finland