Magazine article New Internationalist

The Party Forever

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Party Forever

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The Party Forever

by Rowan Callick

(Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978 1137278852)

Australian veteran correspondent and China hand Rowan Callick has produced an excellent study of the party élite that currently presides over China's economic miracle. While there are no startling exposés, this is a solid piece of work that shows how the legacy of Bolshevism has been woven into Chinese Confucian culture to form a glittering capitalist success story, but of a distinctly autocratic caste.

Anyone who ever believed the market economy could liberalize political life will find The Party Forever pretty sobering reading. While Callick shows the cracks, he remains impressed with the systemic determination of the communist élite to keep the lid on, and he avoids easy judgements about a country so large and complicated. …

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