The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century. By Stein Ringen.

Book review by Maximilian Ernst

Global Politics Review
Vol. 3, no. 1 (April 2017): 114-119.
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1238517
GPR ID: 2464-9929_v03_i01_p114
Published: 29 April 2017

Title: The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century.
Authors: Stein Ringen.
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press (link).
ISBN: 978-988-8208-93-7.
Number of Pages: 208.
List Price: Hardcover, USD 70.00.

About the book: Drawing on Chinese and international sources, on extensive collaboration with Chinese scholars, and on the political science of state analysis, Stein Ringen concludes that under the new leadership of Xi Jinping, the system of government has been transformed into a new regime radically harder and more ideological than the legacy of Deng Xiaoping. China is less strong economically and more dictatorial politically than the world has wanted to believe. By analyzing the leadership of Xi Jinping, the meaning of “socialist market economy,” corruption, the party-state apparatus, the reach of the party, the mechanisms of repression, taxation and public services, and state-society relations, The Perfect Dictatorship broadens the field of China studies, as well as the fields of political economy, comparative politics, development, and welfare state studies.

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