Constant Revolution: The Communist Party Of China’S Reactionary Approach To Political Legitimization
This thesis traces the legitimization question that has plagued the Communist Party of China (CCP) since inception. Drawing inspiration from Weber’s three types of legitimacy, the narrative established by this paper describes the establishment of the CCP’s founding ideology and policies under Mao in the vein of charismatic-ideological legitimization and its role in birthing the economic-performance legitimization dogma that dominated the several decades preceding the Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping-led administrations. This thesis then argues that social issues, byproducts of the economic-performance legitimization system, incubated the CCP’s current moral-ideological legitimization strategy. By following the legitimization narrative, this thesis offers an explanation for the motivations underlying the policies put forward by the Xi Jinping administration.