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A Zero-Sum Game? Repression and Protest in China

Author: Li Yao

In: Government and Opposition, Vol 54, No 2, 2019, pp. 309-335

The author draws on a data set of 1,418 protests in China to argue that the  state does allow a limited space for protest and that most protesters operate within these limits.  Therefore 'contention' in China is a non-zero sum game, as opposed to the extremes of revolt and repression often studied in the past.