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Artikel "Xi’s Third Way: Illiberal Institutionalization" von Björn Alpermann und Philipp C.D. Immel bei Elgar erschienen

News vom 27.09.2023

Der Artikel "Xi's Third Way: Illiberal Institutionalization" von Björn Alpermann (Social Worlds: China's Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking) und Philipp C.D. Immel ist kürzlich bei Elgar  als Teil des "Handbook on Local Governance in China: Structures, Variations, and Innovations" von Ceren Ergenc und David S.G. Goodman (Hrsg.) erschienen. Weitere Informationen zum Buch finden Sie hier


This volume sets out to study the major trends in Chinese local governance under Xi Jinping. The field has for a long time been dominated by studies following one of two major paradigms, namely “fragmented authoritarianism” and “authoritarian adaptability” (aka “authoritarian resilience”). However, the international literature on Xi’s ‘New Era’ presents him as a deeply transformative political leader who has substantially changed the way that China’s politics is run. Therefore, the question arises whether a different framework for understanding local governance is needed. This chapter argues that Xi Jinping has instituted a vigorous program conceptualized as illiberal institutionalization to bolster Party-rule. He managed to ram through these changes by applying a ‘shock-and-awe’ strategy with his anti-corruption drive and creating a leadership cult around his own person. In order to fully comprehend the consequences for local governance, we need to bring to bear both insights: that of increasing – though illiberal – institutionalization and that of a more personalized authority system.

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