This article argues that the Party retains a tradition of seeking to revitalize its legitimacy
through demonstrations of benevolence and glory. The post-2008 Sichuan earthquake provided
just such an opportunity to mobilize the discourse of “Party spirit” and display the
willingness of cadres to suffer and sacrifice themselves on behalf of the people. In addition
to being grist for the propaganda mill, these norms and expectations were implemented in
concrete policy directives and work...[Show more]
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