Killing the Chicken to Scare the Monkey: Some Notes on State Terror in the People’s Republic of China

  • Peter R. MoodyEmail author
Part of the Staat – Souveränität – Nation book series (SSN)


The classic role of the state is to protect those subject to it, from criminals at home, enemies abroad, and as much as possible from threats beyond individual control. The state should of course, protect its subjects from acts of terror. But the state exercises coercive power, and in some circumstances itself engages in terror, both against outsiders and against its own people. Intuitively, state terror would seem to be one feature of illiberal, non-democratic states, of which China is one (although liberal democracies are probably not totally guiltless either).


Cultural Revolution State Terrorism Political Repression Party Control State Terror 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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