Digital Democracy in a Globalized World
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Digital Democracy in a Globalized World

Edited by Corien Prins, Colette Cuijpers, Peter L. Lindseth and Mônica Rosina

Whether within or beyond the confines of the state, digitalization continues to transform politics, society and democracy. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have already considerably affected political systems and structures, and no doubt they will continue to do so in the future. Adopting an international and comparative perspective, Digital Democracy in a Globalized World examines the impact of digitialization on democratic political life. It offers theoretical analyses as well as case studies to help readers appreciate the changing nature of democracy in the digital age.
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Chapter 14: Digitalization and democracy in China: the new Hunger Games

Bo Zhao


Many observers have been mush impressed by the escalating, tough suppression of democratic activities by the Chinese State authorities in recent years. However, this could also be read as a strong response to some critical development in China’s democracy, which is enabled by new information and communications technology and substantially threatens China’s authoritarian regime. This chapter reviews how digitalization has made a solid contribution to China’s democracy development and the multiple responses from China’s one-party State in a trapped political transition since 1989. It explains why China’s democratization, though slow, is irresistible and irreversible in the long run, particularly in view of China’s present economic and social circumstances.

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