The nuanced information contained in citizens complaints which are filed through the petition system helps to sustain chinas decentralized authoritarianism in three important ways first petitions help to alleviate the information asymmetry problem that arises when the central government has less information than lower level governments do. Jing chen useful complaints how petitions assist decentralized authoritarianism in china lanham md lexington books 2016 204p 8500 hardback thomas e kellogg1 published online 27 january 2018 journal of chinese political science association of chinese political studies 2018 in useful complaints jing chen attempts to explain why . In useful complaints jing chen attempts to explain why china has defied the central tenets of modernization theory it has achieved rapid economic growth without significant political liberalization an especially remarkable achievement given the highly decentralized nature of chinese authoritarianismto explain this apparent paradox chen proposes an informational theory of authoritarian . Get this from a library useful complaints how petitions assist decentralized authoritarianism in china jing chen
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