The Media and the Courts: Towards Competitive Supervision?
China Quarterly, Vol. 208, pp. 833-850, 2011
Posted: 12 Jan 2012 Last revised: 2 Mar 2012
Date Written: December 11, 2012
Scholarship on Chinese governance has examined a range of factors that help to explain the resilience of authoritarianism. One understudied aspect of regime resilience and institutionalization has been the growing importance of supervision by a range of party-state entities. Examining court-media relations in China demonstrates that “competitive supervision” is an increasingly important tool for increasing state responsiveness and improving accountability. Court-media relations suggest that China is seeking to develop novel forms of horizontal accountability. Placing such relations in a broader institutional context also helps to explain why common paradigms used to analyze them may be inapplicable in China.
Keywords: China, courts, media, supervision, horizontal accountability, authoritarianism
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