What Explains the Resilience of Chinese Communist Party Rule?


Monday, November 16, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Virtual event, registration required

Join the Ash Center and the SOAS China Institute for a talk at 12:00 PM ET (5:00 PM GMT) with Ash Center Director Tony Saich about the different explanations for the continued resilience of CCP rule. While the Chinese party-state can employ coercion and threaten those individuals and groups it deems to be a danger, it is inconceivable that it could retain sufficient authority over the long-term through the threat of force alone. This talk will consider the shift from the CCP’s use of charismatic authority and the importance of ideology to its manipulation of nationalism, historical justification and cultural appropriation, and its ability to satisfy citizen’s needs and wants through its policies (performance legitimacy).

About the speaker 

Tony Saich is the Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs. He has published widely on the politics and history of contemporary China. Currently, he is working on two projects: an analysis of survey data on citizen satisfaction in China and the recent development of philanthropy and its social consequences. He has just completed a book on the history of the CCP, From Rebel to Ruler. One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 


This webinar will take place online via Zoom. After registering, a separate Zoom registration link will be emailed to you closer to the date of the webinar. 

Online Registration

* The webinar will also be live-streamed on the SOAS China Institute Facebook page for those that are unable to participate via Zoom.