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Author Twohey, Michael, 1962-

Title Authority and welfare in China : modern debates in historical perspective / Michael Twohey.

Published New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  320.45101 TWOH    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 227 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Studies on the Chinese economy.
Studies on the Chinese economy.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-215) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- Pt. I. Ancient Authority and Welfare. 2. Xunzi and Ancient Chinese Authority. 3. Kang Youwei. 4. Liang Qichao -- Pt. II. Revolutionary Authority and Welfare. 5. Sun Yatsen. 6. Mao Zedong. 7. Deng Xiaoping -- Pt. III. New Authority and Welfare. 8. The 'New Authoritarian' Debates. 9. The Impact of Tiananmen. 10. Conclusion.
Summary This book describes the relationship between political authoritarianism and people's welfare in modern China. Despite the collapse of the Soviet state in the late 1980s and ongoing pressure for political reform. China's current leaders reject the idea that authoritarian rule should be abandoned immediately. They claim that in China's present stage of development, enriching the nation is more important than empowering the people politically if wealth can deliver benefits to everyone.
The book shows that this defence of authoritarian rule is consistent with the position that all major political reformers have taken in twentieth-century China. Based on a study of Chinese political discourse from the 1898 reform period to the present, the work demonstrates that support for authoritarian rule in modern China is best understood when compared to ancient political traditions of authority and welfare that were established in China's late Zhou dynasty by the Confucian philosopher Xunzi (298-238 BC).
Subject Authoritarianism -- China -- History.
China -- Politics and government.
China -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
ISBN 0312217463
0333727649 No price
0312217463 (St. Martin's Press)