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“A fascinating study.… Highly recommended.”—Choice

“Despite obstacles presented by Chinese authorities, the number of reliable survey-based studies of politics in China by scholars based abroad has grown considerably since the late 1980s. Among such scholars, Jie Chen has engaged in a cross-sectional study: a set of representative sample surveys of Beijing residents, conducted in 1995, 1997 and 1999. The surveys explore the distribution, sources and consequences of political support, an issue of clear relevance to our understanding of regime stability and Communist Party survival.… Popular Political Support in Urban China is a thoroughly empirical study.… The evidence is presented throughout in a clear style that assumes the reader has no prior knowledge of survey methods, statistical inference, political science.… This is undoubtedly a strength.”—The China Journal

“It is sometimes assumed that popular support for the current regime in Beijing has fallen in recent years.… In Popular Political Support in Urban China, Jie Chen presents evidence both supporting and challenging this view.… Chen’s book contributes to our understanding of popular attitudes and reminds us that the Chinese Communist Party continues to enjoy considerable legitimacy. It is highly recommended to readers.”—China Review

“This is a very impressive study on political support in China. It is remarkably well-written, one of the best examples I have seen of making survey data understandable to general readers. The author bases his analysis on an extensive reading of the relevant literature on the theoretical issue of support, and on findings from previous studies of democratic countries, the former Soviet Union, and China. It will be a welcome addition to these various bodies of literature.”—Bruce Dickson, George Washington University

“This manuscript is a welcome addition to the public opinion literature on China. The application of diffuse and specific support to China is innovative. The three surveys at three time periods are valuable in discussing trends [of popular political support].”—Wenfang Tang, University of Pittsburgh

Chapter List

List of Tables and Figures

1. Introduction

2. The Extent of Popular Political Support in Beijing

3. Relationship between Diffuse and Specific Support

4. Sources of Diffuse Support

5. Sources of Specific Support

6. The Behavioral Consequences of Political Support

7. Conclusion: Empirical Findings and Their Implications

Appendix A: Reliabilities of the Diffuse and Specific Support Indexes
Appendix B: Supplemental Information about the Distribution of Diffuse and Specific Support

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