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Where the Party Rules
The Rank and File of China's Communist State


  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108430739

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  • In most non-democratic countries, today governing forty-four percent of the world population, the power of the regime rests upon a ruling party. Contrasting with conventional notions that authoritarian regime parties serve to contain elite conflict and manipulate electoral-legislative processes, this book presents the case of China and shows that rank and-file members of the Communist Party allow the state to penetrate local communities. Subnational comparative analysis demonstrates that in 'red areas' with high party saturation, the state is most effectively enforcing policy and collecting taxes. Because party membership patterns are extremely enduring, they must be explained by events prior to the Communist takeover in 1949. Frontlines during the anti-colonial Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) continue to shape China's political map even today. Newly available evidence from the Great Leap Forward (1958–1961) and the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) shows how a strong local party basis sustained the regime in times of existential crisis.

    • Draws on a vast amount of new data
    • Uses a range of methods, including field observation, archival research, formal modeling, and statistical tests
    • Offers conclusions that can be used comparatively to study authoritarian regimes
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108430739
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 30 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Autocratic Grassroots Politics:
    1. Introduction: party-based authoritarianism in China
    2. A theory of authoritarian regime parties
    Part II. The Party in Contemporary China:
    3. The CCP as co-enforcer of the one-child policy
    4. The CCP's support in generating the state's material base
    Part III. The Party's Origins:
    5. War contingencies at the origin of the CCP's power base
    6. The shifting geography of the CCP's power base (1949–2016)
    Part IV. The Party in the Mao Era:
    7. Can the CCP disobey? The great leap famine (1958–61)
    8. The CCP and regime survival in times of crisis (1967–9)
    9. Conclusion

  • Author

    Daniel Koss, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
    Daniel Koss is Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science of Academia Sinica, Taipei. Prior to this appointment, he was a post doctoral fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area studies.

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