This dissertation answers the question: how does the international media and domestic population shape Chinese political decision making? The answer lies in understanding the Chinese Communist Partyfs performed faces and the ways in which issue areas come to challenge them. When issues simultaneously challenge the CCPfs international and domestic faces they rise to the level of an ontological threat thereby compelling the CCP to take action. I examine two deviant cases in depth.the 2003 SARS Pandemic and the 2008 eGenocide Olympicsf Campaign as illustrative of crises in which the Chinese government received much international shame that coincided with an inability to hide it from its domestic population thereby compelling them to reverse its policies. I then examine the term [special characters omitted] (New China) to get a better sense of what the performed faces of the CCP are concluding that the CCP has staked its legitimacy on protecting the territorial integrity of China first and foremost and ensuring its development, only after those two are met can other goals such as democracy and human rights be considered.
|Commitee:||Braun, M. Leam, Jacobs, Matt, Oren, Ido, Steele, Brent, Xiao, Ying|
|School:||University of Florida|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Asian Studies, International Relations, Political science|
|Keywords:||China, Chinese politics, international pressure, performativity|
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