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The Decline of Communism in China

The Decline of Communism in China
Legitimacy Crisis, 1977–1989


  • Date Published: June 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521451383

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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.

    • Shows how China's intellectuals challenged Communist doctrine in the 1970s and 1980s
    • The author was personally involved in these events
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521451383
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Theoretical and comparative issues
    2. The counter-elite and its institutional basis
    Part II:
    3. 'The movement to 'emancipate the mind' and the counter-elite's response
    4. 'Building socialist spiritual civilisation' and the counter-elite's response
    5. Two contending patriotic campaigns
    6. Admission of the 'primary stage of socialism' and the counter-elite's two development models
    Concluding remarks
    Selected bibliography

  • Author

    X. L. Ding

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