The recent rise in reported public security issues in China is one of the most repeated concerns amongst the Chinese authorities. During the past 30 years of reform in China, stability maintenance as a governance strategy has in fact laid a solid foundation for the overall development and growth of the nation. However, it remains to be seen whether this approach can sustain economic growth as well as political stability in the near future.

This book examines this policy of stability maintenance, as adopted by the Chinese government, in different social circumstances. Using a variety of examples, including hospital disputes, incidents of environmental pollution, food safety issues and disaster settlements, it takes a multi-disciplinary approach, using empirical data to assess the true picture of contentious politics in China. Although stability maintenance has played a major role in confronting many of the serious challenges posed to China’s public security, ultimately, the book concludes that as a governance strategy it can only be short-term and will surely be replaced, due to its high costs.

Using case studies from across China, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese Studies, Political Science and Sociology. It will also appeal to journalists and policy analysts with an interest in Chinese politics and society.

chapter 1|12 pages

An analysis of typical contentious actions occurring in 2013

ByMingjun Zhang, Peng Chen

chapter 2|33 pages

How do contentious actions become violent?

A preliminary analysis of 1,189 mass incidents in China
ByTangbiao Xiao

chapter 3|14 pages

Violent hospital-patient disputes

Emerging and escalating
ByXiaoliang Liu

chapter 4|12 pages

Monetary compensation for mine disaster settlement

ByMing Zeng

chapter 5|18 pages

Domain security and nonconventional security

Operation of the Chinese Kouan agency
ByXiaofeng Yu

chapter 6|16 pages

Joint response mechanism of public emergencies in China

ByMingke Sheng

chapter 7|23 pages

Policy changes for urban vendor management

ByZhijian Sun

chapter 8|13 pages

Systematic response in China’s water pollution accidents

ByLian She

chapter 9|16 pages

Food safety chain

Policy and empirical perspectives
ByJiquan Xiang

chapter 10|12 pages

NPOs involved in social conflicts and the relationship with government

ByLei Ye, Xinye Wu

chapter 11|19 pages

Social integration of secondgeneration rural migrants in Shanghai

ByYihan Xiong

chapter 12|11 pages

Political priority over rule of law

Ethnic conflicts and solutions in China 1
ByXinye Wu