You are here

Civil Society under Authoritarianism: the China Model

The Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley presents a colloquium with Jessica Teets from Middlebury College on civil society in China.

January 30, 2015 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Jessica Teets, Political Science, Middlebury College

The speaker's book examines the puzzle of increasing civil society activity in China despite the authoritarian government’s fears of civil society serving as a Trojan horse of democracy. The author argues that two decades of direct experience with these organizations has taught local officials that civil society also offers many benefits, such as delivering social services and improving governance, and has resulted in the construction of a consultative authoritarianism model attempting to balance the benefits and dangers of civil society.

Phone Number: 
(510) 642-6000