In the Name of the People : Public Opinion Infrastructure in China, 1978-2018

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPresented - 28 May 2019

Conference

Title69th Annual International Communication Association Conference (ICA19)
LocationWashington Hilton Hotel
PlaceUnited States
CityWashington
Period24 - 28 May 2019

Abstract

In the past four decades, China has witnessed the rising trend of reporting polls in news. The increasingly important role of public opinion in China's political process has compelled us to investigate how the authoritarian regime mediatizes the public opinion to enhance its authoritarian governance, and how the media and the poll walk between the line of professionalism and that of politics to shape the nature of public opinion in China over time. Through a historical survey on the development of polls and poll reporting in China since 1978, this study argues that "the name of the people" has been contingent on the institutional dynamics among the state, the media and the poll industry in different time periods. Precision journalism in China is more a process of politicization and commercialization rather than that of professionalization. Such infrastructure of public opinion not only offers insights on the social construction of public opinion in Internet era, but also invites us to engage in the further discussion on the state-media relation in the authoritarian context.

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In the Name of the People : Public Opinion Infrastructure in China, 1978-2018. / LU, Yin; LIN, Fen; LIANG, Limin.

2019. Paper presented at 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference (ICA19), Washington, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review