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Keep the Party Assured and the Youth [not so] Satisfied

Causes, consequences and lessons from the  Communist Youth League's abortive attempt to adapt

Research Seminar with Dr Konstantinos Tsimonis, SOAS and King's College London.

4-6pm, Wednesday 15 October 2014
Room S-1.04, Strand Building, Strand Campus, King's College London

All welcome - no need to book.

Abstract

The Communist Youth League (CYL) has the task of preparing Chinese young people for Party membership and cultivating their loyalty to the regime. Unsurprisingly, the League is often described as a “school of communism” and as the Party’s “reserve force”. However, new social conditions and the decline of the Party-state’s ability for routine intrusion in private life, has rendered the fulfillment of the CYL’s political functions dependent on its ability to respond to the issues and pressures affecting young people’s welfare. The League has attempted to expand its functions accordingly by opening channels for representation and building capacity for responsiveness. Nevertheless, despite relevant initiatives and official pronouncements, Chinese young people tend to adopt an even more critical stance to both processes and the degree of responsiveness attained.  Placing the case of the League on the wider debate of “authoritarian resilience”, this presentation will analyze the processes and dynamics behind the League’s abortive attempts to adapt.

About the speaker

 Dr Konstantinos Tsimonis, is a Senior Teaching Fellow, at the Lau China Institute, King’s College London and at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS. He teaches courses on Chinese, East Asian and comparative politics, IR and governance. His research interests concentrate on the adaptation of Leninist institutions, the theory and practice of political representation and Youth politics. He has previously worked for the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the British Council and the Olympic Broadcasting Services in Beijing and London.

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