Religious policies in post-totalitarian China: Maintaining political monopoly over a reviving society

  title={Religious policies in post-totalitarian China: Maintaining political monopoly over a reviving society},
  author={Hongyi Lai},
  journal={Journal of Chinese Political Science},
  • Hongyi Lai
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Chinese Political Science
In the post-Mao era China’s society and religion are both becoming increasingly pluralistic. State policies toward religion are also evolving. Views of state-society relations as “totalitarian” exaggerate the state’s control; the civil-society approach overestimates society’s autonomy. This paper explains the state’s religious policies in terms of a “post-totalitarian” frame of reference. Religious organizations and the Communist Party share a reliance on ideology and organization to operate… 
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