Reviews 87 influences of both imperial and revolutionary governance practices. From a macro perspective, he discusses the balance between the revolutionary legacy of "implementing according to local conditions" and the perceptual and institutional elements that have enabled Beijing to rein in local assertiveness ( p. 303). I long for some examples of concrete mechanisms of governance. This volume avoids categorizing China's regime with conventional political science models, such as democracy or dictatorship; it does not seek to condemn or to celebrate the reform record of the PRC, but to understand it ( p. 5). This volume has achieved this goal to a remarkable degree and inspires us to take a fresh look at the reasons and policy mechanisms behind the staying power of Communist Party rule ( p. 9). Nonetheless, I do have one reservation about the frequently referenced revolutionary legacies. Revolutionary legacies were complex and multifaceted, based on different periods ranging from guerrilla wars in the 1920s and 1930s, the Yan'an way in the 1940s, and CCP's turbulent governance of China until Mao's decease. Moreover, these revolutionary legacies are subject to differing and selective interpretations; thus I might have hoped contributors could specify and differentiate them. At
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 19, 2012
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