Post-Mao China: From Totalitarianism to Authoritarianism?


Guo challenges the predominant view that post-Mao China has moved away from communist totalitarianism and that totalitarianism is an outdated paradigm for China studies. He seeks to reconstruct a plausible macro-model in conceptual and comparative terms for defining "regime identity" and assessing the nature of regime change. Guo then applies the model to the study of regime change in post-Mao China and reevaluates post-Mao changes across the five major empirical aspects of regime change (political, ideological, economic, legal, and social) and the most critical dimensions of each.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000


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