Heike Holbig

Ideological Reform and Political Legitimacy in China: Challenges in the Post-Jiang Era

GIGA Working Paper, No. 18, March 2006

Abstract
As a Socialist country undergoing rapid social and economic transition, China presents a revealing case study on the role of ideology in the process of institutional change. Based on Douglass North’s theory of institutional change and on David Beetham’s theory of political legitimation, this paper argues that recent ideological reforms have been a crucial factor in sustaining the legitimacy of Communist party rule. Ideological change is conceived as a path-dependent process which helps to stabilize the social perception of transition and to frame the party’s modernization achievements. At the same time, the dominant role of ideology makes the Chinese party-state, despite its economic success, more vulnerable to legitimacy crises compared to other authoritarian regimes.

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Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

Senior Research Fellow
Redaktion GIGA Focus Asien

Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig ist Senior Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Asien-Studien und Professorin für Politikwissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Area Studies China/Ostasien an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. Als Mitglied des GIGA Forschungsschwerpunkts 1 „Politische Verantwortlichkeit und Partizipation“ beschäftigt sie sich mit Staat–Gesellschaftsbeziehungen sowie mit ideologischem und organisatorischem Wandel des autoritären Parteiregimes der Volksrepublik China. Neben ihrer Forschung zur chinesischen Innenpolitik widmet sie sich auch den nternationalen Dimensionen politischer Legitimation.

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Iwo Amelung / Moritz Bälz / Heike Holbig / Elisa Hörhager / Matthias Schumann / Cornelia Storz

Introduction

in: Iwo Amelung / Moritz Bälz / Heike Holbig / Matthias Schumann / Cornelia Storz (eds.), Protecting the Weak in East Asia: Framing, Mobilisation, and Institutionalisation, Abingdon / New York: Routledge, 2018, 1-19

Cornelia Storz / Heike Holbig

Theories on Institutional Change: An Application to the Dynamics of “Protecting the Weak”

in: Iwo Amelung / Moritz Bälz / Heike Holbig / Matthias Schumann / Cornelia Storz (eds.), Protecting the Weak in East Asia: Framing, Mobilisation, and Institutionalisation, Abingdon / New York: Routledge, 2018, 112-137

Heike Holbig / Moritz Bälz

Shifting Relations between State and Social Actors: Ambiguous Strategies of Protecting the Weak in Japan and China

in: Iwo Amelung / Moritz Bälz / Heike Holbig / Matthias Schumann / Cornelia Storz (eds.), Protecting the Weak in East Asia: Framing, Mobilisation, and Institutionalisation, Abingdon / New York: Routledge, 2018, 75-111

Iwo Amelung / Moritz Bälz / Heike Holbig / Matthias Schumann / Cornelia Storz

Weak vs. Strong: Ambiguities of Protection

in: Iwo Amelung / Moritz Bälz / Heike Holbig / Matthias Schumann / Cornelia Storz (eds.), Protecting the Weak in East Asia: Framing, Mobilisation, and Institutionalisation, Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 2018, 257-271