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Cheung, Olivia (2023) Factional-Ideological Conflicts in Chinese Politics: To the Left or to the Right? Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. (Politics, Security and Society in Asia Pacific)

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Abstract

This book reconstructs the factional-ideological conflicts surrounding socialist transformation and political reform in China that were played out through ‘factional model-making’, a norm-bound mechanism for elites of the Chinese Communist Party to contest the party line publicly. Dazhai, Anhui, Nanjie, Shekou, Shenzhen, Guangdong and Chongqing were cultivated into factional models by party elites before Xi Jinping came to power in 2012. Although factional model-making undermined party discipline, it often did not threaten regime security and even contributed to regime resilience through strengthening collective leadership and other means. This follows that the suppression of factional model-making under Xi might undermine longer-term regime resilience. However, Xi believes that regime security rests on his strongman rule, not any benefits that factional model-making may contribute. It is in this spirit that he grooms Zhejiang into a party model for his policy programme of common prosperity, which is designed to legitimize his vision of socialism.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS China Institute
ISBN: 9789463720298
Copyright Statement: This book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.2307/jj.5053561
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2023 08:00
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/39904

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