The role of intellectual elites in China's political reform

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Elites and Governance in China, 2013, 1, pp. 34 - 53
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AIm tin parallel with rhe discollrses on social justice and cia I classes the discouTse ofgovemance in the People's Republic fChill<1 (PRC) emerged ill the early 1990s. [t has gathered morncmturn in the last decade. generated a great ?ea~ of academic interest in the subject, and begun to affect the conceptualIzat. 101l of statecraft rulel'ship government political control and politics among SO<':lal commentators and pruty-state officials. In large part the emergcnce, development and impact of the discourse are attributab le to the effort of him.'s intellectual eli~es who have introuuced an essentia.lly n reign idea t~ hma and brought It to bear UP'11 politic< t reform in the country. The discourse on governance is al1 even rnor powerful example lhan the one On so ialjustice and classes in illustrating the crit-ical role of China's intellectual elite as knowledge producers. opinion makers, agents of globalization and a driving force for domestic cl18nge in the PRC
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