Denunciation in the Xi Jinping Era: An Analysis of State-Society Relationship (72048)

Session Information: E-democracy

Session Chair: Julio Teehankee

Thursday, 29 June 2023 13:05
Session: Session 2
Room: Room B (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

Since the inception of the Xi Jinping era, denunciation has witnessed a significant surge in China. With the centralization under Xi Jinping, the prevalence of denunciations is anticipated to rise further. Although research on denunciation in Europe has gradually amassed since the 1990s, there remains a dearth of studies on this phenomenon in China, the world's largest authoritarian state. Chinese researchers often avoid politically-related denunciation inquiries due to limited freedom of speech. In contrast to Europe, denunciation in China primarily targets local political elites, and the government provides financial incentives for such denunciations. Concurrently, state propaganda underscores the material benefits associated with denunciation. The Chinese government has established a dedicated organization for handling denunciations and, more recently, mass organizations to mobilize the public for denunciation. However, the state's encouragement of denunciation has afforded the populace alternative avenues for rightful resistance, distinct from those previously available. The masses can choose to denounce directly to the party or simultaneously with petitions to investigate and penalize the denounced political elites and reclaim their rights. This study employs quantitative text analysis and case studies to substantiate these findings, highlighting the evolving state-society relationship in China during the Xi Jinping era, as evidenced by the dynamics of denunciation.

Yu Wang, Keio University, Japan

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