Ideology, propaganda, and political discourse in the Xi Jinping era

Klimeš, Ondřej and Marinelli, Maurizio (2018) Ideology, propaganda, and political discourse in the Xi Jinping era. Journal of Chinese Political Science. ISSN 1080-6954

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The ideology, propaganda, and political discourse of the Communist Party of China (CPC) have continued to function as key elements of the political system of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the post-Maoist period since 1978. In the first term of the Xi Jinping leadership (2012–2017), the CPC, for instance, elaborated on its guiding ideological concepts, devised inventive ideational framings of phenomena usually perceived as tangible (such as the BNew Normal^), engaged in complex intellectual debates on crucial topics (such as Beco-civilization^), intensified and diversified its argumentation patterns and discursive strategies, and consolidated ideational governance over some citizens’ individual values, beliefs, and loyalties. Furthermore, it is often no longer possible to differentiate between the CPC’s internal and external propaganda, as seemingly exclusively domestic ideational and discursive issues increasingly correlate with international phenomena. However, the trends in the Xi era do not present paradigmatic shifts, but rather an overall reassertion-cuminnovation of previous Maoist and post-Maoist uses of ideology, propaganda, and political discourse, primarily aiming at strengthening one-party rule.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Communist Party of China, Ideology, Propaganda, Xi Jinping, Political discourse
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Asia
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS701 China > DS740 Political and diplomatic history. General works
J Political Science
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ0021 Asia
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Depositing User: Maurizio Marinelli
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2018 08:49
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2018 08:49

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