蔡翠红、王天禅, “Moving toward a “middle ground”?—The governance of platforms in the United States and China”, Policy & Internet, 2022, 1–20.
Abstract: How has the governance of platforms evolved between the United States and China in recent years? There is already an abundance of literature written about the governance of platforms pertainingto each country respectively. Despite this, a dual‐track accounting of the governance of platforms in the United States and China in tandem is still lacking. This paper argues that with the historic turbulence of the United States–China relationship and the escalating challenges that governance activities have encountered, the governance of platforms of these two countries are actually more similar than they seem, and have been moving towards a“middle ground,” characterized by multiple governance sub-jects, more pragmatic and balanced goals, as well as a full range and tit‐for‐tat governance measures. To prove this trend, this paper uses documentary research and a comparative approach to analyze changes in the subjects, objectives and means of governance of platforms for the United States and China.Following that, this paper explains the motivation behind the trend towards the“middle ground” governance of platforms in the context of United States–China relations.
KEYWORDS: governance of platforms, institutional isomorphism, middle ground, platform governance, United States–China relations