Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2:“Comcapitalism”—The CCP’s Legitimacy Battle on the Political and Economic Front
Chapter 3: “Comfucianism”—The CCP’s Fight on the Ideological and Cultural Front
Chapter 4: “Blocking, Dredging, and Channeling”—The CCP’s Struggle on the Social Front
Chapter 5: Stability at Risk? Party Elites and Factionalism
Chapter 6: Unexpected Allies—Coopted Capitalists and The Middle Class
Chapter 7: The Marginalized Social Class—Workers and Peasants
Chapter 8: The Calculated Strategies of Hard Power and Soft Tread
Chapter 9: International Political Crisis and the CCP’s New Opportunities
Chapter 10: Conclusion
This work by Feng Sun and Wanfa Zhang seeks to provide the reader with an overview of the various factors contributing to the political survival of the Chinese party-state. The book is an interesting work to reflect upon and provides an introduction into the various debates and concepts surrounding the CPC's rule over China.
Challenging Western scholars and journalists who foresee China's collapse, Sun (Troy Univ.) and Zhang (Florida Institute of Technology) propose that communist leadership has devised a resilient, flexible system through what they call "Comcapitalism," a blend of capitalism and socialism, and "Comfucianism," a graft of traditional values on to Party rule. Coercion remains, but officials "channel mass discontent into constructive activities" that address local issues. Clever, but is it a stable, long-term solution? The authors present empirical data showing that most Chinese are content and patriotic, and they refute the Western modernization theory that economic growth forms a middle class and thus leads to democracy. That scenario, they write, does not fit Chinese history and culture. Sun and Zhang deem factionalism, corruption, and labor and peasant unrest under control. This book was published a little too early to include Xi Jinping's tightening and reemphasis on state-owned enterprises and difficulties with debt, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong. Middle-way communist experiments (e.g., those of Tito and Gorbachev) alternated between loose and tight, never finding stability. This is now possibly China's pattern. The authors' offer a testable proposition: if the Beijing regime endures without systemic upheaval, they will have been proven right. . . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.
Chapter 10: Conclusion