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Populist Authoritarianism: Chinese Political Culture and Regime Sustainability

Wenfang Tang


This book is about how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) governs the world’s largest population in a single-party authoritarian state. It attempts to explain the seemingly contradictory trends of the increasing number of protests, on the one hand, and the results of public opinion surveys that consistently show strong government support on the other hand. It accentuates the continuity of the political culture from the CCP’s revolutionary experiences to its present-day governing style, even though China has changed in many ways on the surface in the post-Mao era. The book proposes a theoretical ... More

Keywords: populist authoritarianism, political culture, social capital, political activism, contentious politics, political trust, Mass Line, public opinion, institutional deficiency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190205782
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wenfang Tang, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa