Popular Legitimacy from the Western Perspective
This chapter discusses concepts and theories of legitimacy and the English-language literature on the subject of legitimacy in China. The first part discusses Western theories of legitimacy — including normative legitimacy, empirical legitimacy, and critical legitimacy — and their limits in analyzing the case of China. The second part of this chapter reviews regime legitimacy in China from the Western perspective. It shows that ideology is a crucial topic that does not receive sufficient attention from the English-language literature on the subject of regime legitimacy in China.
KeywordsPolitical Reform Political Legitimacy Popular Support Village Election Chinese Intellectual
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