Heike Holbig / Bruce Gilley

In Search of Legitimacy in Post-revolutionary China: Bringing Ideology and Governance Back In

GIGA Working Paper, No. 127, March 2010

Abstract
The contemporary politics of China reflect an ongoing effort by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to claim the right to rule in light of the consequences of economic development, international pressures, and historical change. China stands out within the Asian region for the success the regime has achieved in this effort. By focusing on the changes in China’s elite discourse during the reform period and particularly during the last decade, this paper aims to elaborate on the relative importance of various sources of legitimacy as they shift over time, as well as on their inherent dilemmas and limitations. There is evidence of an agile, responsive, and creative party effort to relegitimate the postrevolutionary regime through economic performance, nationalism, ideology, culture, governance, and democracy. At the same time, the paper identifies a clear shift in emphasis from an earlier economic‐nationalistic approach to a more ideological‐institutional approach.

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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.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

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

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

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 (eds.)

Protecting the Weak in East Asia: Framing, Mobilisation, and Institutionalisation

Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 2018