Managed Chaos reads into the resounding events of Chinese politics and economy, ending the schizophrenia that the readers have lived with. It delves deep into both elements: the economic narrative that China has sustained a near 10 percent growth rate for 30 years and the political narrative that China is an increasingly fragile state, trapped in an incomplete transition from a totalitarian to a democratic market economy. For the first time, in his reading of China, the author consolidates this paradox by inferring that the cause behind both the growth and the political discontent is the politics of China.

Retaining the Mandate of Heaven

Retaining the mandate of heaven

The manner in which recession (or ‘slowdown’) and the rise of a predatory state apparatus came together to sharpen social conflict and erode the authority of the state, did not go unnoticed within the government and the Communist Party. In January 2006, the media reported that the number of ‘disturbances against public order’ had risen from 74,000 in 2004 to 87,000 in 2005. This was 10 times the number of ‘incidents’ in 1993.1 Official publications, like the Blue Book on Chinese Society, published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), referred more and more frequently, and freely, to the threat that rising discontent poses to social stability.

In a country as vast as China, even 87,000 ...

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