Reviving Legitimacy

Reviving Legitimacy : Lessons for and from China

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This fascinating collection of papers on China's ongoing efforts in reviving legitimacy has approached the issue of legitimacy from both normative and empirical perspectives, and from Western and Chinese perspectives, thus this edited volume offers lessons and insights for and from China, and contributes to the ongoing theoretical debates as well as empirical research on legitimacy in the Chinese context.
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  • Hardback | 226 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739165224
  • 9780739165225
  • 2,280,829

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: A Cosmopolitan Moment of Legitimacy and Governance Part 2 Part I. Legitimacy in Theoretical Perspectives Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Typological Analysis of Democratic Legitimacy Chapter 4 Chapter 2. What is Political Legitimacy and How can it be Acquired? Lessons from a Deviant Case Chapter 5 Chapter 3. International Dimensions of Legitimacy: Reflections on Western Theories and the Chinese Experience Chapter 6 Chapter 4. "Adaptive Authoritarianism" in Contemporary China: Identifying Zones of Legitimacy Building Chapter 7 Chapter 5. Re-conceptualizing "Legitimacy" for Studying Village Elections in China Part 8 Part II. Reviving Legitimacy in China Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Confucianism as a Legitimizing Ideology Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Legitimizing Leninism Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Authoritarian Legitimacy and Legitimation in Contemporary China Chapter 12 Chapter 9. "Performance Legitimacy" and China's Political Adaptation Strategy Chapter 13 Chapter 10. Morality, Benevolence, and Responsibility: Regime Legitimacy in China from Past to the Present
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This collection of essays sheds new light not just on the potential for democratic rule in China, but also on sources of legitimacy that do not fit neatly in the dichotomy between "good" democratic and "bad" authoritarian regime types. Highly recommended reading for anybody concerned about the theory and practice of Chinese politics and what it can offer to the rest of the world. -- Daniel Bell, Tsinghua University (Beijing) and Jiaotong University (Shanghai)
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About Heike Holbig

Deng Zhenglai is distinguished professor of Fudan University, dean of the Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, and director of the Fudan University Center for Contemporary China Research. Sujian Guo is distinguished professor of Fudan University and associate dean of Fudan University Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, and concurrently professor of political science and director of the Center for US-China Policy Studies at San Francisco State University.
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