The Decline Of Communism In China: Legitimacy Crisis, 1977-1989 by X. L. DingThe Decline Of Communism In China: Legitimacy Crisis, 1977-1989 by X. L. Ding

The Decline Of Communism In China: Legitimacy Crisis, 1977-1989

byX. L. Ding

Paperback | April 27, 2006

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This book examines the relationship between the Communist political elite and the largely anti-Communist intellectual elite during the decade of reform (1977-1989). The author, who was a participant in these events, shows how intellectuals gained control of state institutions and organized resistance to the Deng Xiaoping regime. The book will be of interest to students of China and of comparative communism.
Title:The Decline Of Communism In China: Legitimacy Crisis, 1977-1989Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:April 27, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521026237

ISBN - 13:9780521026239


Table of Contents

Introduction; 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; Appendix; Selected bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"There have been several good studies done recently on political elites in post-Mao China. This book is a valuble contribution to this growing literature .... Ding's work is groundbreaking. It documents in great detail how the counterelites in China have gone about their work and is a significant contribution to the study of behavior." Steven J. Hood, China Review International