This paper was published in the Journal of the Zhejiang Province School of Administration (otherwise known as Party School) in 2015.
So far as I know, it is the only original contribution by a foreign author to this Journal. Since the Journal is from CCP in Zhejiang, one of the wealthiest and most sophisticated provinces in China, it is as well respected as a CCP journal can be.
The paper is way too long for a blog read. I outline a way for CCP to provide meaningful voice to populations angry over land thefts, pollution problems, and corruption. Among other suggestions, a ready-in-waiting conflict resolution organization, structured at the provincial level, could be brought to bear on incidents of mass protest. A stand-still agreement is necessary to force parties to negotiate. This is one way to provide voice to Chinese people in the absence of democracy.
This is a theoretical paper, although no one in China would describe it that way. A bit too clear and direct. The paper was presented at a conference at Zhejiang Business and Financial University in 2015, although my presentation was kept apart from those of other presenters. I gave a more or less private briefing to about 30 faculty and students - either to inoculate others from dangerous ideas or provide me with a rapt audience. Probably both are true. The presentation was in the school's Party conference room.