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Shaken Authority: China's Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

Christian P. Sorace


This book examines the political mechanisms at work in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and the broader ideological energies that drove them. The book takes Chinese Communist Party ideas and discourse as central to how that organization formulates policies, defines legitimacy, and exerts its power. It argues that the Communist Party has never abandoned its conviction that discourse can shape the world and the people who inhabit it. It demonstrates how the Communist Party's planning apparatus continues to play a crucial role in engineering the Chinese economy and market construction ... More

Keywords: tourism, Sichuan earthquake, Chinese Communist Party, discourse, Chinese economy, Chinese politics, urban–rural integration, ecological civilization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501707537
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501707537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian P. Sorace, author
Australian National University