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Tsang, Steve (2014) 'China after Deng Xiaoping: the search for a non-democratic development model.' In: Hsin-Huang, Michael Hsiao, (ed.), Democracy or Alternative Political Systems in Asia: After the Strongman. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp. 78-96. (Routledge Contemporary Asia Series)

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This chapter examines the search the Communist Party leadership undertook for a non-democratic development model after 1997, and its implications. The political situation in China after Deng was laid down well in advance. Jiang's emergence out of Deng's shadow after the latter's death as the real leader of China, in a sense, marked a return of the Communist Party system to what it was supposed to be after it seized power in 1949. China's post-Deng leaders have sought a twenty-first century development model that differs from Western liberal democracy. While post-Deng governance reforms in China have certainly enhanced the capacity of the Communist Party and the Chinese government to direct economic development and maintain order and stability, it is too early to say how effective and sustainable such changes will be beyond the immediate future. Aside from post-Deng China, the Singaporean government under the People's Action Party (PAP) appears to be the only notable exception to the law of probabilities.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS China Institute
ISBN: 9781138658073
Copyright Statement: © 2014 Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao. This is the accepted version of a chapter published by Routeldge in 'Democracy or Alternative Political Systems in Asia: After the Strongman':
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Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 12:31

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