China’s Ethical Revolution and Regaining Legitimacy

Reforming the Communist Party through Its Public Servants

  • Shaoying Zhang
  • Derek McGhee

Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 1-10
  3. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 11-44
  4. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 45-64
  5. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 109-133
  6. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 209-237
  7. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 239-260
  8. Shaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
    Pages 261-290
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 291-320

About this book


This book examines the many ways in which the Communist Party in China is still revolutionary by focusing on how, in recent years, it has attempted to mobilize Party members to become ethical subjects. In the context of the Party’s history of the military revolution, Cultural Revolution and Economic Reform (or economic revolution), the authors argue that under President Xi Jinping the Party has launched an ethical revolution within the Party for the sake of sustaining its legitimacy. This book examines the various combined components of this ethical revolution, including anti-corruption, anti-four undesirable working styles and Mass-Line Education programme from the perspective of the fifty current Communist Party officials. 


China Communism China Dream Xi Jinping Ethics Economic Reform Anti-Corruption

Authors and affiliations

  • Shaoying Zhang
    • 1
  • Derek McGhee
    • 2
  1. 1.Shanghai University of Political Science and LawShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, Social Policy, CriminologyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

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