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Legitimation and democratization in a transitional China


He, B, Legitimation and democratization in a transitional China, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 12, (3) pp. 315-342. ISSN 1352-3279 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/13523279608415316


In China under Deng Xiaoping, since the crushing of the democracy movement in June 1989, the communist party has attempted to modify the foundations of its legitimacy. The limits and the problems associated with the party's self-legitimation have led to a search for new forms of legitimation, and new forms of legitimation, in their turn, indicate a democratic direction, or lay a foundation for a move towards democracy in China. Of particular concern is elite legitimacy: whether the present conditions and circumstances in China will force, trick, lure or cajole the non-democrats into democratic behaviour in the process of their search for legitimacy in the coming succession struggle.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Basic pharmacology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:He, B (Associate Professor Baogang He)
ID Code:6804
Year Published:1996
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-04

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