Title

Crisis politics in authoritarian regimes : how crises catalyse changes under the state-society interactive framework

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management

Publication Date

12-1-2013

Volume

21

Issue

4

First Page

200

Last Page

210

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Abstract

Most studies and research on crisis management and government crises focus on nations that are advanced and democratic. Through the institutionalized mechanism of voting, the public can respond to a government's handling of a crisis without destabilizing the democratic system of government. However, the consequences of crises, particularly governance crises, in authoritarian regimes have not been adequately addressed. Drawing upon different frameworks in the field, this paper proposes a heuristic crisis development ladder and a state-society interactive framework more relevant for studying crisis management in authoritarian nations such as China. By focusing on the catalytic effect of crisis that accelerates reforms and changes, this paper argues that critical crises are politically powerful and decisive in authoritarian systems, especially in the context of an increasingly proactive civil society. This paper illustrates the crisis provoking politics that influences decision-making under non-democratic rule.

DOI

10.1111/1468-5973.12024

Print ISSN

09660879

E-ISSN

14685973

Publisher Statement

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Recommended Citation

Chan, H.-y. (2013). Crisis politics in authoritarian regimes: How crises catalyse changes under the state-society interactive framework. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 21(4), 200-210. doi: 10.1111/1468-5973.12024

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