Nationalism and State Legitimacy in Contemporary China

  • Huisheng Shou University of Illinois, Urbana and Champaign


National governments are facing unprecedented challenge for governing as globalization has become an eroding force to state capacity and legitimacy. Growth, economic security, ethnic conflict, democratization, transnational organizations, social movements, all these, among many other factors, contribute to the decline of state capacities. The public opinion is consequently moving in divergent directions, very much away from government’s wishes. This decline of public support, or waning of state legitimacy, in turn, is damaging the psychological and ideological base of state capacity of surviving these difficulties.

Author Biography

Huisheng Shou, University of Illinois, Urbana and Champaign
Huisheng Shou is a PhD student in political science at the University of Illinois, Urbana and Champaign. His research interests include comparative and international political economy, comparative public opinion, and survey methods. His recent publication is a book chapter “Nationalism and Political Support in Reforming China,” in S. J. Guo ed. Challenges Facing Chinese Political Development (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.) (forthcoming in 2007)