author={Dan Chen},
  journal={Journal of East Asian Studies},
  pages={281 - 294}
  • Dan Chen
  • Published 2016
  • Economics
  • Journal of East Asian Studies
Abstract Studies on Chinese politics frequently utilize the safety valve analogy to describe various political decisions that allow space for feedback and challenges. Drawing upon these empirical studies and the theoretical literature on institution, authoritarianism, and democratization, this review essay delineates the logic of the safety valve strategy and how it fits into the scheme of prolonging authoritarian rule. It identifies the use of informal and temporary measures to appease… Expand
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Power Structure and Regime Resilience: Contentious Politics in China
  • Y. Cai
  • Political Science
  • British Journal of Political Science
  • 2008
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