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China’s Digital Authoritarianism

A Governance Perspective

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  • © 2022


  • Offers a novel perspective on Chinese internet governance
  • Adopts a state-centric perspective in analyzing China’s endeavor to create digital authoritarianism
  • Adds an international dimension to studying Chinese internet governance

Part of the book series: Politics and Development of Contemporary China (PDCC)

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This book provides a governance perspective on China’s digital authoritarianism by examining the political and institutional dynamics of the country’s internet sector in a historical context. Using leading theories of authoritarian institutions, it discusses China’s approach to the internet and methods of implementation in terms of party-state institutions and policy processes. This provides a much-needed ‘inside out’ perspective on digital authoritarianism that avoids the perception of China as some coherent and static monolith. 
The study also offers a powerful rationale for China’s cyber sovereignty as an externalisation of its domestic internet governance framework and broader political-economic context. As China shifts from rule-taker to rule-maker in world politics, the Chinese Dream (zhongguo meng) is now going global. Beijing’s digital authoritarian toolkit is being promoted and exported to other authoritarian regimes, making China a major driver of digital repression at the global level. 

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    Monique Taylor

About the author

Monique Taylor is University Lecturer in World Politics at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

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