Abstract

Like all contemporary nondemocratic systems, the Chinese system suffers from weak legitimacy at the level of regime type. The most likely form of transition for China remains the model of Tiananmen, when three elements came together: a robust plurality of disaffected citizens, a catalytic event, and a split in the leadership. Had China chosen the path of dialogue in 1989, it might be more stable today.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 37-40
Launched on MUSE
2009-07-11
Open Access
No
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