Political and Social Control in China: The Consolidation of Single-Party Rule (Hardcover)
During the past decade, Xi Jinping has emerged as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. Xi has led a reassertion of the Chinese Communist Party's dominance of state and society, which has been achieved by a comprehensive tightening of political and social control. The nature and mechanics of these political and social controls are the secret to the so-called 'China Model'. This volume brings leading China experts together to examine the mechanics of authoritarian rule in Xi Jinping's China. The chapters address critical but little understood changes to the architecture of state, which enables more effective top-down rule, and the efficient operation of an increasingly professional bureaucracy. They also examine the policies and mechanisms Xi Jinping has used to neutralize political competition within the state and pockets of dissent within a society, minority groups, social activists, labour, and the media. This volume is unique in its comprehensive treatment of the political social controls that underpin CCP's rule in twenty-first century China. It will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand how the CCP has consolidated its rule at home as a springboard to the major power status Xi Jinping's CCP now seeks on the world stage.