Legitimacy, the Arts of Rule and Civil Society

  • Baogang He


If Eastern Europe has undergone a major political-cultural change characteristic of the transition from the Party’s self-legitimation to civil society (Palma, 1991), such a transition has gone half way in China. There are signs that Deng’s regime, while shy of the term ‘civil society’, has already used the state—civil society schema as a new source of legitimation and a basis of a new art of rule, although it has confined civil society to the economic area.


Civil Society Political Opposition Opposition Group Party Secretary Supreme Power 
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© Baogang He 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Baogang He
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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