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Technologies of authoritarian statecraft in welfare provision: contracting services to social organizations

Howell, Jude, Enjuto Martinez, Regina ORCID: 0000-0002-5472-0287 and Qu, Yuanyuan (2021) Technologies of authoritarian statecraft in welfare provision: contracting services to social organizations. Development and Change. ISSN 0012-155X

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Identification Number: 10.1111/dech.12677

Abstract

In 2013 the authoritarian Chinese Communist Party adopted a nationwide policy to contract out welfare services to social organizations. This presented the Party/state with a conundrum: how best to foster service-oriented social organizations whilst retaining control over politically sensitive groups. Using a Foucauldian framework of analysis, this article explores the rationalities and technologies of statecraft deployed to navigate this tension. It argues that contracting welfare services is a form of governmentality linked to economic efficiency, welfare provision and social stability, requiring subtle ways of governing society. In implementing this policy, the Party/state seeks to foster a service-oriented civil society and stymie rights-based and politically sensitive groups.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14677660
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: International Development
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2021 11:15
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:01
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/111055

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