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The Advocacy TrapTransnational Activism and State Power in China$
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Stephen Noakes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526119476

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526119476.001.0001

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Strategic considerations, tough choices: how state preferences influence campaign forms

Strategic considerations, tough choices: how state preferences influence campaign forms

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(p.136) 5 Strategic considerations, tough choices: how state preferences influence campaign forms
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The Advocacy Trap
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Stephen Noakes

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526119476.003.0006

This chapter serves two functions. First, it synthesizes from the earlier empirical chapters some lessons of practical value regarding how activists might optimally engage with China. As expected, fit with state priorities is the most consistently important ingredient for effective advocacy. But from where do state priorities emanate? The chapter argues that state preferences are largely driven domestic legitimacy considerations, and that each of the issues embodied in TAN campaigns therefore fall within a risk probability distribution. The risk posed to Party legitimacy by state action or inaction largely determines the opportunities available to activist networks. In turn, state preferences create strategic incentives for individual TANs, leading to a wide variance in their functional forms, the observance of advocacy drift in some campaigns, and its absence in others.

Keywords:   Policy, State, Legitimacy, Preferences, China, Advocacy, Activism, NGOs, Chinese Communist Party

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