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Political Culture
(2,212 words)

The political culture of contemporary China is a blend of traditional Confucian-Daoist precepts, the lingering ideology of Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought, and the practical rules of how to get ahead in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and how to find security in an authoritarian system. Indeed, a great deal of Chinese behavior at the elite and mass levels still conforms to many of the basic dimensions of traditional Confucian-Daoist culture, even though the participants may not be aware that they are adhering to ancien…

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Pye, Lucian W., “Political Culture”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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