The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century

Lecture | March 14 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rachel Stern, Berkeley School of Law

 Stein Ringen, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Professor Ringen will presents his book, The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century. The Chinese political economy is like no other system known to man, now or in history. This book explains how the system works and where it may be moving.
- What are the intentions and priorities of the Chinese leaders?
- What kind of leader is Xi Jinping, where is he leading China and how radically is he changing the regime?
- How strong is the Chinese economy and how fast is it growing?
- How does the socialist market economy work?
- How is the apparatus of the party-state made up and how does it work?
- What is the balance of pragmatism and ideology?
- Is a new ideological foundation in the making?
- What are the means of dictatorial control?
- Is there a ‘totalitarianism with Chinese characteristics’?
Drawing on Chinese and international sources, on extensive collaboration with Chinese scholars, and on the political science of state analysis, the author concludes:
- Under the new leadership of Xi Jinping, the system of government has been transformed into a new regime, radically harder than the legacy of Deng Xiaoping;
- China is less strong economically and more dictatorial politically than the world has wanted to believe.

 ccs@berkeley.edu, 510-643-6321