2 thoughts on “Between Beijing and the Expert: Is Public Opinion Changing China?

  1. Rick Worthington

    This is a well-researched, informative, and very balanced post. It seems appropriate to me to include the author’s name at the top so that s/he receives appropriate recognition for this fine work.

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  2. Eric Kennedy (@ericbkennedy)

    This is a most excellent post, drawing out a case study that provides an interesting counterpoint to many of the dominant narratives in western media about the Chinese government and public participation in decision making. It also provides documentation of a trend I noticed while visiting Jingsu province – the ready acknowledgement of the tensions between environment and development, and a long-term vision of and commitment towards shifting to sustainable models for industry and society.

    I’d encourage you to get in touch with other students looking at public engagement, protests, and technology in non-American contexts, such as Monamie Bhadra (http://archive.cspo.org/people/bio/bhadra/) at the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes. I’d also encourage you to think about developing a full case study for academic publication here, drawing connections between the theories of engagement and participation conventionally examined in a western context and this case study.

    I agree with your assessment of the work, Rick, though I believe the author requested to be published under a pen name in this case.

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