A Law Unto Itself: Chinese Communist Party Leadership and Yifa zhiguo in the Xi Era

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Trevaskes, Susan
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2018
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This article explores the political significance of “governing the nation in accordance with the law” 依法治国 (yifa zhiguo) in the Xi Jinping era. It examines party statements and propaganda about the necessity of exercising party leadership over all key aspects of law-based governance, particularly the politico-legal system. The aim is to understand the strategic need for yifa zhiguo as part of the ideological repertoire of the Xi leadership. The argument is that yifa zhiguo is essentially an ideological and strategic message about power relations under Xi and the capacity of the party to withstand various threats to its credibility and thus ultimately to bring about the nation’s and party’s rejuvenation.

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Modern China
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44
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4
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