Maintaining Popular Support for the Chinese Communist Party: The Influence of Education and the State-Controlled Media

  title={Maintaining Popular Support for the Chinese Communist Party: The Influence of Education and the State-Controlled Media},
  author={John James Kennedy},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={517 - 536}
  • J. Kennedy
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Political Science, Education
  • Political Studies
Literature on public opinion in China suggests that public support for the Chinese Communist party (CCP) is quite high. No matter how survey questions regarding regime support are phrased, the results are the same. The obvious question arises: how does an authoritarian regime, such as the PRC, garner the support of the vast majority of its citizens? I argue that the exposure-acceptance model best explains the high level of public support in China. This model suggests that educated citizens, who… 

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