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The Debate on Regime Legitimacy in China: Bridging the Wide Gulf between Western and Chinese Scholarship

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The Debate on Regime Legitimacy in China : Bridging the Wide Gulf between Western and Chinese Scholarship. / Zeng, Jinghan.

In: Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 23, No. 88, 2014, p. 612-635.

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Zeng J. The Debate on Regime Legitimacy in China: Bridging the Wide Gulf between Western and Chinese Scholarship. Journal of Contemporary China. 2014;23(88):612-635. Epub 2014 Mar 12. doi: 10.1080/10670564.2013.861141

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