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The Maoist Revival and the Conservative Turn in Chinese Politics

Willy Lam
p. 5-15

Abstract

This paper evaluates the revival of Maoism in China as major factions of the Chinese Communist Party take a conservative turn in ideology and politics. While the changhong (“singing red songs”) campaign spearheaded by the ousted party chief of Chongqing, Bo Xilai, has attracted the most attention in and outside of China, power blocs ranging from the Communist Youth League Faction under President Hu Jintao to the Gang of Princelings headed by Vice-President Xi Jinping have also resuscitated different aspects of the teachings and values associated with the Great Helmsman. For this reason, the political demise of Bo does not mean the cessation of the revive-Maoism phenomenon. This study also assesses the impact of the restoration of Maoist norms on aspects of Chinese politics such as the future of political reform.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Willy Lam, « The Maoist Revival and the Conservative Turn in Chinese Politics », China Perspectives, 2012/2 | 2012, 5-15.

Electronic reference

Willy Lam, « The Maoist Revival and the Conservative Turn in Chinese Politics », China Perspectives [Online], 2012/2 | 2012, Online since 30 June 2012, connection on 21 August 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/5851

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About the author

Willy Lam

Adjunct Professor in the History Department as well as in the Master’s Program in Global Political Economy of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also an Adjunct Professor of China Studies at Akita International University, Japan.

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