Stability maintenance at the grassroots: China’s weiwen apparatus as a form of conflict resolution

  • This working paper explores the history and potential of “stability maintenance” (weiwen) as a form of conflict resolution in China. Its emphasis on conflict resolution is novel. Previous examinations of the weiwen apparatus have concentrated on its political function, namely to manage resistance within society and maintain the authority of the party-state. This avenue of investigation has proved fruitful as a means of characterising the political motivation and the higher-level strategies involved in stability maintenance. Nonetheless, there remain significant conceptual and empirical gaps relating to how stability maintenance offices and processes actually function, particularly out of larger cities and at local levels. The research described in this paper aims to consider the effectiveness of stability maintenance as a part of the “market” for conflict resolution in local China, and to test the hypothesis that conflict resolution as facilitated by weiwen is the most pragmatic and effective means of actually resolving conflicts in the current Chinese political context, notwithstanding the closeness of the stability maintenance discourse to state authority and its relative distance from rule of law-based methods of dispute resolution...

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Author:Jonathan Benney
Parent Title (German):LOEWE-Schwerpunkt "Außergerichtliche und gerichtliche Konfliktlösung" : Arbeitspapier = LOEWE research focus "Extrajudicial and judicial conflict resolution" : working paper ; 8
Series (Serial Number):LOEWE-Schwerpunkt "Außergerichtliche und gerichtliche Konfliktlösung" : Arbeitspapier = LOEWE research focus "Extrajudicial and judicial conflict resolution" : working paper (8)
Publisher:Max-Planck-Inst. für europäische Rechtsgeschichte
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Working Paper
Date of Publication (online):2013/10/31
Date of first Publication:2013/10/31
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/10/31
Tag:Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); Amtsgerichte; Ausschüsse für Politik und Recht; Boards für Stadt-Entwicklung; Büros für Wirtschafts-und Handelsbeziehungen; Büros für Wohnungsbau; China; Debatten; Dorfkomitees; Gerichte; Gerichtsverfahren; Gesellschaft; Informalität der Verhandlungen; Konfliktlösung; Parteistaat; Petitionen; Sinologie; Stabilität; Vergütung; Vermittlung; fragmentierter Autoritarismus; lokale Regierungen; lokale Ämter für Öffentliche Sicherheit; weiwen
China; Chinese studies; Informality of negotiation; Policy debates; Politics and Law Committees; alternative dispute resolution (ADR); city development boards; compensation; conflict resolution; court cases; courts; district courts; economic and trade bureaus; fragmented authoritarianism; housing construction bureaus; judicial offices; local Public Security Bureaus; local government; mediation; party-state; petitioning cases; society; stability; village committees; weiwen
Page Number:28
First Page:1
Last Page:28
Institutes:Rechtswissenschaft / Rechtswissenschaft
Wissenschaftliche Zentren und koordinierte Programme / LOEWE-Schwerpunkt Außergerichtliche und gerichtliche Konfliktlösung
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 34 Recht / 340 Recht
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht