As the Chinese Communist Party continues to move away from socialism, it faces a growing number of challenges to the claim that it represents the sole legitimate governing body in China. In order to reaffirm itself as the most effective force for keeping the country together, the CCP has adapted to contemporary political conundrums in a variety of ways.
Rejecting pessimistic perspectives which predict an erosion of state power or naive optimism that state-society relations will evolve towards a Western-style pluralist democracy in the foreseeable future, the contributions to this volume explore many ways in which the CCP selectively adapts to the challenges that have arisen from its strategy of rapid economic growth at the expense of political reform, in order to maintain its authority and relevance. Examining trends such as the reliance on religious charities originating from outside the PRC, the revival of local governance in urban settings, the passing of legislation for workers, or the multiplication of environmental non-governmental organizations, this book tackles the question of whether the Chinese government can overcome these challenges.
The Chinese Party-State in the 21st Century: Adaptation and the Reinvention of Legitimacy will appeal to students and scholars of Chinese politics, Asian politics, comparative politics and political sociology.
'This edited volume makes a solid contribution to the literature on the legitimacy of the CCP' - Peter Sandby-Thomas, The China Quarterly, 196, December 2008
'The books distinctive approach to legitimacy is its focus on specific cases of the Chinese state's adaption tactics.]…[This book could be used in a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on contemporary Chinese Politics and society' - Elena Barabantseva, University of Manchester UK, The China Journal, July 2009
Chapter I: The Issue of Challenges to the Legitimacy of CCP Rule André Laliberté and Marc Lanteigne Chapter II: New Modes of Urban Governance: Building Community / Shequ in Post-Danwei China Xu Feng Chapter III: Chinese Labour Law in Retrospect: Efficiency and Flexibility Legitimized Hélène Piquet Chapter IV: Shifting Power Relations: State-ENGO Relations in China Jonathan Schwartz Chapter V: "Harmonious Society", "Peaceful Unification" and the Dilemmas Raised by Taiwanese Philanthropy André Laliberté Chapter VI: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: Implications for World Order Susan Henders Chapter VII: The Uses of the Past: History and Legitimacy Diana Lary Chapter VIII: The ‘Beijing Consensus’ and China’s Quest for Legitimacy on the International Stage Charles Burton Chapter IX: The Developmentalism / Globalisation Conundrum in Chinese Governance Marc Lanteigne