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The Bo Xilai Scandal and China’s Intellectuals [Academic blog post]

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abstract Sometimes one is so dazzled by China’s economic performance that one forgets how important ideas and ideology are for the CCP’s claim to legitimacy. While managerial merit is often invoked by the party’s eulogists, party leaders rely more on ideas than performance when arguing that they constitute the best possible ruling elite. Furthermore, the emphasis placed on a monistic ideology that is assumedly true and exhaustive, and on their infallibility as interpreters of said ideology, makes China’s party-state resemble what Piekalkiewicz and Penn called “ideocracy.”
   
type digital resource (English)
   
keywords Intellectuals Bo Xilai Ideocracy Patron-Client Model
   
date of appearance 29-11-2012
publisher China Policy Institute, The University of Nottingham (UK)
URL http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/chinapolicyinstitute/2012/11/29/the-bo-xilai-scandal-and-chinas-intellectuals/
media type (video etc.) Academic blog post
citation Strafella, G. (29.11.2012). The Bo Xilai Scandal and China’s Intellectuals [Academic blog post]. UK: China Policy Institute, The University of Nottingham. URL:http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/chinapolicyinstitute/2012/11/29/th e-bo-xilai-scandal-and-chinas-intellectuals/.