Managing Transitions: The Chinese Communist Party, United Front Work, Corporatism, and Hegemony

Managing Transitions: The Chinese Communist Party, United Front Work, Corporatism, and Hegemony

Managing Transitions: The Chinese Communist Party, United Front Work, Corporatism, and Hegemony

Managing Transitions: The Chinese Communist Party, United Front Work, Corporatism, and Hegemony

Synopsis

This work examines the history and roles of China's minor parties and groups (MPGs) in the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) united front between the 1930s and 1990s using Antonio Gramsci's principles for the winning and maintaining of hegemony.

Excerpt

This book IS THE CULMINATION OF YEARS SPENT AS A POST-GRADUATE Student researching what I believe to be a grievously under explored area of Chinese politics, a shortcoming made more difficult to understand by the relevance of united front work to so many areas of Chinese politics and hence to the lives of millions. I hope that my attempt to understand united front work in the context of theories of corporatism and Gramsci's ideas on hegemony will assist the understanding of all three. Theory is a word that often scares my students but I hope I have been able to explain the relevant ideas clearly and show how they have had direct outcomes. There are undoubtedly many imperfections but I hope, not too many flaws. Nevertheless, all responsibility for any errors and omissions is of course mine.

In order to keep the text to what I hope is a manageable, that is readable and publishable length, many liberties have been taken with what otherwise would have been very long and complex references to Chinese sources in particular. The key texts are provided but any person interested in full details of documents and the like, are advised to read my 1997 PhD dissertation on which this is based or to contact me via email (gerry.groot@adelaide.edu.au).

This book adheres to the Pinyin style of romanization except in cases where Wade-Giles has become common usage.

All the research was undertaken while at the Centre for Asian Studies, the University of Adelaide, first as a student and since as a staff member. Financial support from various sources included an Australian Post-Graduate Research in Asia Award 1992-1996, a George Murray Travel Grant, and Australian Research Council grant (2000). The assistance of the

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