Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Politics in China Since 1949 by Robert Weatherley

Since the victory of the 1949 revolution the incumbency of the Chinese Communist Party has been characterized by an almost relentless struggle to legitimize its monopoly on political power. During the Mao era, attempts to derive legitimacy focused primarily on mass participation in political affairs, a blend of Marxist and nationalist ideology, and the charismatic authority of Mao Zedong. The dramatic failure of the Cultural Revolution forced the post-Mao leadership to discard these discredited paradigms of legitimacy and move towards an almost exclusively performance based concept founded on market economic reform. The reforms during the 1980s generated a number of unwelcome but inevitable side effects such as official corruption, high unemployment and significant socio-economic inequality. These factors culminated ultimately in the 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square and throughout China. Since Tiananmen the party has sought to diversify the basis of its legitimacy by adhering more closely to constitutional procedures in decision making and, to a certain extent, by reinventing itself as a conservative nationalist party. This probing study of post-communist revolution Chinese politics sets out to discover if there is a plausible alternative to the electoral mode or if legitimacy is the exclusive domain of the multi-party system.

Buy Politics in China Since 1949 by Robert Weatherley from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780415391092
ISBN-10: 0415391091
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Pages: 220
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Politics in China Since 1949 by Robert Weatherley

Book Reviews - Politics in China Since 1949 by Robert Weatherley

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Politics in China Since 1949 book by Robert Weatherley and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Robert Weatherley

Making China Strong by Robert Weatherley
Hardback, February 2014
$199.60
Politics in China Since 1949 by Robert Weatherley
Paperback, March 2013
$62.99
Mao's Forgotten Successor by Robert Weatherley
Hardback, July 2010
$190.92