Cyberspace and social governance: The Role of the Cyberspace Administration Office

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This chapter focuses on the role of the Cyberspace Administration (CA) office by exploring how the government responds to the societal demands expressed online and how the CA office bridge the government and the public. Based on the interviews and qualitative archive analysis, I show that the CCP establishes local-level cyberspace administration agencies and grid-style cyberspace management to communicate and coordinate local knowledge and assess policies. In particular, the government often proactively collects comments on the policies and social issues online to improve its governance. I find that the CA agencies often use three working mechanisms - fire-alarm mechanism, departmental linkage mechanism, and online and offline coordination mechanism - to communicate the demands of ordinary citizens at the grassroots level to high-level leaders and make the government pay attention to certain social issues. In addition, the cases also demonstrate how CA agencies provide professional instruction and suggestions in preventing the expansion of negative public opinion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Local Governance in China
Subtitle of host publicationStructures, Variations, and Innovations
EditorsCeren Ergenc, David S.G. Goodman
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781800883246
ISBN (Print)9781800883239
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Research on Contemporary China series
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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