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Evolution of Internet Governance in China: Actors and Paradigms

China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies, Vol. 7, No.1, 2022

Cai Cuihong & Dai Liting, “Evolution of Internet Governance in China: Actors and Paradigms,”

China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies, Vol. 7, No.1, pp. 1-31.

Abstract: China’s Internet governance is not immutable, nor is it dominatedby the government, as portrayed by Western scholars. Based on an analysis of Beijing’s Internet governance policies and practices, this paper focuses on the evolution of China’s Internet governance from the non-governmental stage through the government control stage to the multi-actor coordination stage.In terms of governance paradigm, Beijing’s Internet governance is transitioning from one-way management to multi-dimensional governance, from offline management to online and offline integration, and from“prior con-trol”to“panoramic governance.”In terms of governance system, Beijing’sInternet governance has evolved from an ad hoc pattern through problem-solving to a strategic planning paradigm. Internet governance in China has demonstrated three features, namely, pragmatism, state centralism, and preemption. These characteristics have paved the way for the rapid development of China’s Internet but also present many challenges.

Cuihong Cai is Professor at the Center for American Studies, Fudan University, 220 Handan Road, Shanghai 200433, China, and can be reached at chcai@fudan.edu.cn; Dai Liting is a PhD Candidate at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University.

Keywords: Internet governance; paradigm; pragmatism; state centralism; preemption.

Link: https://iis.fudan.edu.cn/98/a9/c6852a432297/page.htm