Changing Manners of Displaying Loyalties through Ideological Campaigns in Post-Deng China

Jinghan Zeng

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Ideological campaigns in post-Deng China have a strategic function of discerning loyalties of local leaders. Previous empirical studies have found that Jiang Zemin’s followers are more likely to echo Jiang’s ideological campaigns. Through a content analysis of provincial newspapers between 2005 and 2012, this study suggests that the manner of displaying loyalties has completely changed. By employing a panel corrected standard errors (PCSE) estimation, this study finds that protégés of both Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin are less likely to echo their patron’s ideological campaigns, suggesting the shifting function of ideological campaigns from monitoring identified followers’ loyalties to recruiting new followers. This article argues that this is a result of changing elite politics and—more importantly—the different strategic use of ideological campaigns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-562
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Issue number100
Early online date2 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2016

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