This article finds that the innovative practice of involving social workers in settling petition disputes in Shanghai is a kind of “flexible governance” stressing affective care and multi-pronged means of dispute resolution to relieve petition pressures and maintain social stability in the authoritarian state.
Flexible Governance in China: Affective Care, Petition Social Workers, and Multi-Pronged Means of Dispute Resolution
Jieren Hu is an Associate Professor in the Law School at Tongji University, Shanghai, China, and Research Fellow of the Centre for Social Governance Research at Fudan University in Shanghai. Tong Wu (corresponding author) is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Development at East China Normal University, Shanghai. Jingyan Fei is a Ph.D. student in the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai. This paper is sponsored by the China Scholarship Council and the Innovative Team Project of Philosophy and Social Sciences in “Evaluation of County Social Governance in Henan Province” (15IRTSTHN007). Our special thanks go to Feng Chen, Kevin O’Brien, Tangbiao Xiao, Zaijun Yuan, and Yang Zheng for their kind help and suggestions. Emails: <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>.
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Jieren Hu, Tong Wu, Jingyan Fei; Flexible Governance in China: Affective Care, Petition Social Workers, and Multi-Pronged Means of Dispute Resolution. Asian Survey 1 August 2018; 58 (4): 679–703. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2018.58.4.679
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