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Consultative Leninism: China's new political framework

Consultative Leninism: China's new political framework This paper puts forward the concept of consultative Leninism to describe the political system that has taken shape in China after the death of Deng Xiaoping. It argues that the Communist Party has made its essentially Leninist political machinery more resilient in confronting the huge social and political challenges that the current global financial crisis may unleash in China by incorporating consultative elements. Consultative Leninism has five defining characteristics: an obsessive focus upon staying in power; continuous governance reform designed to pre-empt public demands for democratization; sustained efforts to enhance the Party's capacity to elicit, respond to and direct changing public opinion; pragmatism in economic and financial management; and the promotion of nationalism in place of Communism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Contemporary China Taylor & Francis

Consultative Leninism: China's new political framework

Journal of Contemporary China , Volume 18 (62): 16 – Nov 1, 2009
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1469-9400
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1067-0564
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10.1080/10670560903174705
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Abstract

This paper puts forward the concept of consultative Leninism to describe the political system that has taken shape in China after the death of Deng Xiaoping. It argues that the Communist Party has made its essentially Leninist political machinery more resilient in confronting the huge social and political challenges that the current global financial crisis may unleash in China by incorporating consultative elements. Consultative Leninism has five defining characteristics: an obsessive focus upon staying in power; continuous governance reform designed to pre-empt public demands for democratization; sustained efforts to enhance the Party's capacity to elicit, respond to and direct changing public opinion; pragmatism in economic and financial management; and the promotion of nationalism in place of Communism.

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Journal of Contemporary ChinaTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 1, 2009

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