Political and Social Control in China

Political and Social Control in China

The Consolidation of Single-Party Rule

Edited by: Ben Hillman orcid, Chien-wen Kou orcid

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During the past decade Xi Jinping has reasserted the Chinese Communist Party’s dominance of state and society, tightening political and social controls to consolidate the Party’s monopoly on political power in China. This volume brings leading China experts together to examine the changing mechanics of authoritarian rule in China, and the Party’s systematic efforts to neutralise potential threats. The book examines critical but little understood changes to the architecture of state, which enables more effective top-down rule and the efficient operation of an increasingly professional bureaucracy. It also explores the policies and mechanisms the Party has used to squash dissent and prevent criticisms. This volume will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand how the CCP has consolidated its rule at home and how it relates to the Party’s global ambitions for China’s great national rejuvenation.


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Mar 2024
ANU Press
Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration
East Asia: China

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  1. From soft to hard authoritarianism: The consolidation of one-party rule in China (PDF, 316 KB)Ben Hillman doi
  2. The reshaping of the Chinese party-state under Xi Jinping’s rule: A strong state led by a political strongman (PDF, 580 KB)Chien-wen Kou doi
  3. What can comparative authoritarianism tell us about China under Xi Jinping (and vice versa)? (PDF, 154 KB)Hans H. Tung and Wen-Chin Wu doi
  4. Controlling the cadres: Dual elite recruitment logic and political manipulation under Xi Jinping (PDF, 356 KB)Chien-wen Kou and Wen-Hsuan Tsai doi
  5. More stick than carrot? Xi’s policy towards establishment intellectuals (PDF, 601 KB)Florence W. Yang doi
  6. Xi’s dao on new censorship: The party’s new approaches to media control in the digital era (PDF, 705 KB)Shuyu Zhang doi
  7. The state and digital society in China: Big Brother Xi is watching you! (PDF, 397 KB)Jean-Pierre Cabestan doi
  8. Building a hyper-stability structure: The mechanisms of social stability maintenance in Xi’s China (PDF, 652 KB)Hsin-Hsien Wang and Wei-Feng Tzeng doi
  9. Maintaining stability and authoritarian rule: Xi era in Xinjiang (PDF, 351 KB)Stefanie Kam Li Yee doi
  10. Sinicisation or ‘xinicisation’: Regulating religion and religious minorities under Xi Jinping (PDF, 409 KB)Ray Wang doi
  11. Revolutionary-style campaigns and social control in the PRC: The campaign to Sweep Away Black and Eliminate Evil (PDF, 339 KB)Ben Hillman doi

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