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Welfare for AutocratsHow Social Assistance in China Cares for its Rulers$
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Jennifer Pan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190087425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190087425.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Welfare for Autocrats

Jennifer Pan

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the main argument and concepts of the book and introduces relevant literatures in Chinese politics, historical institutionalism, repression, surveillance, collective action, and government legitimacy. It shows how political order—what the Chinese government calls stability—became a central tenet of Communist Party rule. It introduces how seepage emerged, how it works, what its effects are, and how the seepage of political order into Dibao generates backlash.

Keywords:   China, social assistance, Dibao, Chinese politics, historical institutionalism, repression, surveillance, collective action, protest, legitimacy, political order, seepage

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