By challenging the Chinese to consider not only the accountability of their government, but also issues of openness, trust, responsiveness, and the ‘right to know,’ the sars crisis seems likely to provide a major impetus to new thinking about relations between society and state.
China and the Politics of SARS
Joseph Fewsmith is a professor of international relations and political science at Boston University. His most recent book is China since Tiananmen (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001). An earlier version of this essay appeared in China Leadership Monitor <www.chinaleadershipmonitor.org>.
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Joseph Fewsmith; China and the Politics of SARS. Current History 1 September 2003; 102 (665): 250–255. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2003.102.665.250
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