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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25769

Title: Governing the Restless and Young in Contemporary China: in Search for the Chinese Communist Party's Ruling Logic
Authors: Liu, Yao
Advisor: Ong, Lynette
Falkenheim, Victor
Wong, Joseph
Department: Political Science
Keywords: Chinese politics
Chinese students
Tiananmen
Chinese Communist Party
Authoritarianism
Chinese democracy
Issue Date: 10-Jan-2011
Abstract: This thesis explores one particular facet of contemporary state-society relationship in China, i.e. state-student relationship. By arguing against the popular observation that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) retreated from Chinese universities as a way of winning students’ support, this thesis claims that the party-state has adopted a “bird cage” strategy in post-Tiananmen university governance. That is to say, the party-state has not only re-established and strengthened its control institutions in universities, but at same time expanded its zone of tolerance and created new outlets for students’ political enthusiasm and participation. A four-city, seven-university field survey was conducted, the result of which supports the view that the CCP’s post-Tiananmen governance strategy has been effective. Respondents agree that party’s governing institutions are resilient and play important roles in students’ life. They also seem to be in agreement with, at least as the survey results indicate, important political ideas promoted by the party-state.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25769
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