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The Perfect DictatorshipChina in the 21st Century$
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Stein Ringen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208937

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208937.001.0001

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What They Do

What They Do

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The Perfect Dictatorship
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Stein Ringen

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208937.003.0003

Today’s rulers have two main strategies of self-preservation. With one hand they purchase legitimacy in the eyes of the ruled; with the other hand they keep down anything that can threaten their hold on power. The way the regime deals with society is through an intricate good-cop, bad-cop act.

Keywords:   Political Science, China, Elite politics, Welfare State, Xi Jinping, Deng Xiaoping, Comparative politics, Socialist market economy, Corruption, Party state

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