Some Notes on CCP Internal Resilience
“Authoritarian resilience” was the explanation in the west for CCP stability post Tian’anmen. We can distinguish two meanings of CCP resilience over time. The first describes resilience with respect to the Chinese people. How does the single party authoritarian, if not autocratic, state maintain legitimacy over time? What keeps angry or dissatisfied people out of the streets?
There is another resilience, and that is resilience internal to CCP. What keeps cadres loyal to the system they joined years ago?