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The Decline of Communism in China

Legitimacy Crisis, 1977-1989


Paperback / softback

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The Decline of Communism in China by X.L. Ding
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This 1994 book examines the relationship between the Communist political elite and the largely anti-Communist intellectual elite during the decade of reform (1977-89). The author, who was a participant in these events, shows how the Deng Xiaoping regime precipitated a legitimacy crisis by encouraging economic reform while preventing political reform, and how the intellectual elite used this situation to increase its own power. The book also offers a theoretical model to explain how a political resistance movement could gain power in a nation that does not have a well-developed civil society. The concept of 'institutional parasitism' shows that rather than developing separate institutions, the anti-Communist intellectuals occupied state structures from which oppositional activity was carried out. The book will be of interest to both scholars of China and students of comparative Communism.
Release date NZ
April 27th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
7 Tables, unspecified; 1 Line drawings, unspecified
Cambridge University Press
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