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Title: Creating the 'Chinese market' : the CCP and the discursive construction of an authoritarian capitalism through a Maoist governing paradigm, 2002 - 2008
Author: Bloom, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 2679 593X
Awarding Body: The University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis examines the CCP's justification for political authoritarianism and economic liberalization within official discourse. The purpose ofthis research was to use an ideology and discourse anaiysis approach in order to understand how the regime under current President Bu Jintao has sought to simultaneously strengthen its single Party ruie and pursue capitalist reforms. Specifically, it argues that. it has attempted to do so according to an almost identical authoritarian governing paradigm used by Mao to champion socialism in the early revolutionary period and later by Deng to initially promote reforms. More precisely the thesis makes five interrelated claims. The first is that the Party has worked to rhetorically establish capitalism as a social imaginary, an uncontested set of values for directing the country's development. The second is that within this social imaginary the Bu administration has constructed a hegemonic discourse combining political authoritarianism and economic liberalization. Thirdly that imperative to this strategy is the proffering of an affective social fantasy, promising psychological wholeness, centring on a uniquely 'Chineseúmarket' led by the government. Fourth that these elements have cohered into an authoritarian governing paradigm cementing and desiring to expand CCP rule and marketization policies revolving around themes of Party-led market progress. Finally that this authoritarian governing paradigm is analogous to a traditional revolutionary rationale for the Party's singular authority in the advancement of socialism found originally under Mao. To summarize Bu has refashioned a Maoist authoritarian governing paradigm, centring on the CCP's sole ability to properly interpret and implement an objective ideology uniquely to the Chinese condition for the majority population's benefit,substituting past official desires to achieve 'Chinese socialism' with new ones aimed at realizing a 'Chinese market.'
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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