President Xi Jinping has launched the largest ideological campaign in post-Mao China, which has brought a Maoist revival. But Xi is not in a position to make a full return to the Mao era because ideologically driven repression offers no long-run solution to China’s problems. Drawing on elements of Mao’s legacy, Xi aims to rebuild the regime’s legitimacy when it is increasingly vulnerable to economic slowdown and public anger about corruption, income disparity, and pollution, an embarrassing confession of regime fragility.
The Ideological Campaign in Xi’s China: Rebuilding Regime Legitimacy
Suisheng Zhao is Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Colorado, USA and founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Suisheng Zhao; The Ideological Campaign in Xi’s China: Rebuilding Regime Legitimacy. Asian Survey 1 December 2016; 56 (6): 1168–1193. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2016.56.6.1168
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