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From Bulletin Boards to Big Data

Autor(en)
Christian Göbel, Jie Li
Abstrakt

Why do Chinese governments at various levels set up public complaint websites where citizen petitions and government responses can be reviewed by the general public? We argue that it is the result of two factors: strong signals sent by the central government to improve governance, and the availability of new technologies to promote policy innovation. To impress their superiors, local officials adopted newly available commercial technology to innovate existing citizen feedback systems, which presented a developmental trajectory from “openness,” “integration,” to “big data-driven prediction.” Drawing on policy documents and interviews with local politicians and administrators, we provide a chronological perspective of how technical development, central government’s signals and local decision-making have interacted in the past two decades to bring forth today’s public complaint websites. The contingent and non-teleological nature of this development can also be applied to other policies such as the social credit system.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften
Journal
China aktuell - Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
Band
50
Seiten
39-62
Anzahl der Seiten
24
ISSN
1868-1026
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/1868102621992144
Publikationsdatum
04-2020
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
506002 E-Government
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all), Political Science and International Relations, Sociology and Political Science
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