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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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Who They Are

Who They Are

(p.135) Chapter 5 Who They Are
The Perfect Dictatorship

Stein Ringen

Hong Kong University Press

During the reform period, the state has consolidated itself as one dedicated to self-preservation, stability, and economic growth. The reign of Hu and Wen from 2002 to 2012 was entirely devoted to keeping the wheels moving. They did try to lift their gaze from the economic statistics and took to the flowering language of ‘harmonious society’, but there was no determination in it. They left to their successors a state that is in control and fiscally solid and that is presiding over an economically strong nation, but also one that is a bit of a bluff in strength and that maintains stability at the cost of an epidemic of organised crime. As to where the state might be moving with the post-2012–13 leadership, it is in the balance.

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

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