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SOAS China Institute

Can China Be Governed?

Bruce Dickson

Bruce Dickson

Professor Bruce Dickson (George Washington University)

Date: 7 March 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 7 March 2014Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

Series: SOAS China Institute Monday Forums


Most academic and media coverage of China’s domestic politics portrays a system in permanent crisis, where the CCP relies on coercion and economic growth to maintain its fragile hold on power, is unable and unwilling to initiate political reform, and is paralyzed by fear of social unrest that could not only cause the collapse of the regime but the dissolution of the country. These problems are real, but China watchers have consistently underestimated the CCP’s ability to cope with these challenges. Is the CCP’s strategy for survival breathing new life into the party or is simply postponing its inevitable demise?

Speaker's Biography

Bruce Dickson is professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University. His teaching and research focus on China's domestic politics, in particular the evolving relationship between the CCP and society and the prospects for regime change.

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

Contact email: sci@soas.ac.uk

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