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Making Autocracy Work summarizes the burgeoning literature on authoritarian legislatures and alternative theoretical perspectives on pages 40–42.
Dimitrov, M.K. 2015. Internal government assessments of the quality of governance in China. Studies in Comparative International Development 50 (1): 50–72 Looking beyond China, he makes similar arguments based on archival research from the Soviet Union and Bulgaria Union. CrossRef
Dimitrov, M.K. 2014. Tracking Public Opinion Under Authoritarianism: The Case of the Soviet Union During the Brezhnev Era. Russian History 41: 329–353. CrossRef
Dimitrov, M.K. 2014. What the party wanted to know: Citizen complaints as a “barometer of public opinion” in communist Bulgaria. East European Politics and Societies 28 (2): 271–295. CrossRef
Manion, M. 2015. Information for autocrats: Representation in Chinese local congresses. New York: Cambridge University Press. CrossRef
Lorentzen, P.L. 2013. Regularizing rioting: Permitting public protest in an authoritarian regime. Quarterly Journal of Political Science 8 (2): 127–158. CrossRef
Lorentzen, P. 2017. Designing Contentious Politics in Post-1989 China. Modern China 43 (5): 459–493. CrossRef
Truex, R. 2017. Consultative authoritarianism and its limits. Comparative Political Studies 50 (3): 329–361. CrossRef
Dimitrov 2014. See also Distelhorst, G. and Hou, Y. 2017. Constituency service under nondemocratic rule: Evidence from China. The Journal of Politics, 79(3), 1024–1040.
Manion’s (2015) Survey research on local congresses suggests that many Chinese citizens are paying little attention to People’s Congress deputies who serve at the local level. However, the annual political theater around China’s National People’s Congress is hard to miss.
Rory Truex, Making Autocracy Work: Representation and Responsiveness in Modern China
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