30 Years After Tiananmen: The Young and the Restless

Issue Date April 2019
Volume 30
Issue 2
Page Numbers 50-56
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China’s ruling Communist Party is admired by specialists for its seeming ability to deliver all kinds of things without democracy-elite stability, good governance, legitimacy, capitalist growth, and a middle class. But in all these areas, durable achievements have proven elusive. A president for life, worsening governance, and ticking time bombs of slow growth and fiscal deficits threaten stability. The balance of forces still favors the status quo, but the regime worries about a tilt in the odds. Outside of top cities, meanwhile, China’s growing ranks of disgruntled single males are slipping from the control of the Party’s social-monitoring system.

About the Author

Bruce Gilley is professor of political science at Portland State University. His works include The Right to Rule: How States Win and Lose Legitimacy (2009) and The Nature of Asian Politics (2014).

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