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Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 703–705 | Cite as

Suisheng Zhao, ed., Debating Regime Legitimacy in Contemporary China: Popular Protests and Regime Performances

(New York: Routledge, 2017), 250p. $129 hardcover; $48 paperback; $49 e-book
  • Baogang GuoEmail author
Book Review

The sustained high level of political legitimacy of the Chinese government in recent decades has attracted much scholarly attention. This edited volume examines an ever more challenging issue, namely, how the Chinese political system maintains a high degree of regime legitimacy in the context of rising domestic discontent.

Part I contains three articles discussing theories and methodologies of the study of political legitimacy. Peter Sandby-Thomas’ article (Chapter 1) highlights several common problems with the empirical study of legitimacy issues in the Chinese context. For example, some studies use a micro-level method to measure the macro-level concept of legitimacy (p. 6), while other studies apply approaches (David Easton’s system theory in particular) developed through the study of Western democracy to Chinese political studies (p. 9). He suggests that an alternative method which focuses on the process of legitimation should be used. Gunter Shubert’s article (chapter 2) responds...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dalton State CollegeDaltonUSA

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