Consultation and Selective Censorship in China

@article{Gueorguiev2019ConsultationAS,
  title={Consultation and Selective Censorship in China},
  author={Dimitar D. Gueorguiev and Edmund J. Malesky},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2019},
  volume={81},
  pages={1539 - 1545}
}
Conventional theories of authoritarianism view the need to suppress criticism as a key function of censorship. In a 2013 article, King, Pan, and Roberts challenged this wisdom by arguing that the paramount goal of censorship is defusing collective action, not silencing dissent. After accounting for collective action potential, they argue that criticism has no bearing on censorship. In this research note, we point out that a significant portion of sampled posts in King et al.’s analysis… 
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