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Official Discourse of a “Well-off Society”: Constructing an Economic State and Political Legitimacy

Bei Cai

in Discourses of Cultural China in the Globalizing Age

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099128
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206847 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099128.003.0002
Official Discourse of a “Well-off Society”: Constructing an Economic State and Political Legitimacy

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This chapter studies the crisis the Chinese Communist Party faces with its open-door to the West and how the party, i.e., the central government of China, tries to manage the crisis with the rhetorical construct of “xiaokang society” (well-off society), projecting this concept as the national vision by the year 2020. The chapter discusses in details the eschatological nature of the “xiaokang” discourse, the tension between a free market economy and a non-democratic political system, and the (non)separation between the state administrative system and the enterprise system in China.

Keywords: Chinese politics; xiaokang discourse; open-door policy; market economy; non-democracy; Chinese Communist

Chapter.  6250 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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