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Article: Eating, Drinking, and Power Signaling in Institutionalized Authoritarianism: The Antiwaste Campaign of Xi Jinping

TitleEating, Drinking, and Power Signaling in Institutionalized Authoritarianism: The Antiwaste Campaign of Xi Jinping
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10670564.asp
Citation
Journal of Contemporary China (Forthcoming) How to Cite?
AbstractImmediately after Xi Jinping assumed the position of party secretary general (PSG), he launched a large-scale top-down antiwaste campaign amongst the Chinese cadre corps. Compared with similar policies announced by Xi’s predecessors, this campaign has distinct features that entail substantial political risk for the PSG. Why did Xi choose this politically risky strategy? Drawing on recent literature on authoritarian regimes, we argue that, amongst all possible objectives, an authoritarian leader such as Xi can use this type of policy campaign to demonstrate his power. In particular, the inherent importance of informal politics, the recent developments in Chinese politics, and Xi’s personal background have increased his incentive and capacity to signal power by implementing such a campaign. A comparison with Xi’s two predecessors, interviews, and statistical analyses support this argument. Our theoretical framework also sheds light on the literature on the power sharing of authoritarian political elites.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228739
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.933
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.730

 

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dc.contributor.authorZhu, J-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Q-
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Z-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T14:06:48Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-23T14:06:48Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Contemporary China (Forthcoming)-
dc.identifier.issn1067-0564-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228739-
dc.description.abstractImmediately after Xi Jinping assumed the position of party secretary general (PSG), he launched a large-scale top-down antiwaste campaign amongst the Chinese cadre corps. Compared with similar policies announced by Xi’s predecessors, this campaign has distinct features that entail substantial political risk for the PSG. Why did Xi choose this politically risky strategy? Drawing on recent literature on authoritarian regimes, we argue that, amongst all possible objectives, an authoritarian leader such as Xi can use this type of policy campaign to demonstrate his power. In particular, the inherent importance of informal politics, the recent developments in Chinese politics, and Xi’s personal background have increased his incentive and capacity to signal power by implementing such a campaign. A comparison with Xi’s two predecessors, interviews, and statistical analyses support this argument. Our theoretical framework also sheds light on the literature on the power sharing of authoritarian political elites.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10670564.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Contemporary China-
dc.rightsThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in [Journal of Contemporary China] on [date of publication], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/[Article DOI].-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleEating, Drinking, and Power Signaling in Institutionalized Authoritarianism: The Antiwaste Campaign of Xi Jinping-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailZhu, J: zhujn@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityZhu, J=rp01624-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros260186-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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