Communist Resilience

Wang Feng and Yang Su

in Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895977
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980116 | DOI:
Communist Resilience

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This chapter explores three aspects of institutional change in China since 1989 that undergird the resilience of Chinese communist rule. It first documents renewed state dominance in the economy, which has served as the foundation for continued state control not only over the economy but also over society. Second, it discusses how this political-economic arrangement has contributed to rising inequality, but has also allowed the state to re-take the role of re-distributor, thereby lending new legitimacy to the regime. Third, it examines changes in the state's methods for managing the public protests that have broken out in response to the new inequality and related injustices.

Keywords: China; institutional change; regime stability; political economy; state-owned enterprises; inequality; protest; protest management

Chapter.  8123 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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