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Problems of Post-Communism
Editor: Dmitry Gorenburg, Harvard University
Associate Editor for Central Europe & the Balkans: Sherrill Stroschein, University College London
Associate Editor for Asia: Martin Dimitrov, Tulane University

The post-communist countries are the most rapidly changing societies of Europe and Asia. For insight into this twenty-first century revolution, there is no better source than Problems of Post-Communism. Emphasis is placed on timely research covering current economic, political, security, and international developments and trends in Russia and China, Central Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Clarity and readability make the articles fully accessible to researchers, policy makers, and students alike.

For online submissions, author and reviewer guidelines, special issue proposals, and more, visit the editorial office website at www.problemsofpostcommunism.org

Published in association with the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.

ISI Impact Factor 2012: 0.353

ISI Ranking in Political Science 2012: 124/157

"Problems of Post-Communism is an unparalleled teaching tool. Its articles, written by some of our best experts in the field, are timely, insightful, and clear. Most important for me in considering them for classroom adoption has been the fact that these articles are presented in a style that is accessible to my students." -- Philip G. Roeder, University of California, San Diego

"What impresses me about Problems of Post-Communism is that it is the place where the academy and the policy community meet. Like its predecessor, it brings serious research on the postcommunist world to a broad audience in a timely and lucid manner." -- Eugene Huskey, Stetson University

"One of the most relevant and readable foreign affairs journals for both policymakers and scholars following the ongoing transitions in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Problems of Post-Communism helps officials keep current and maintain a dialogue on scholarly research and thinking on a wide range of critical issues." -- Ken Roberts, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State

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"Features readable analysis, reliable information, and lively debate about the Communist and post-Communist world with an emphasis on coverage of current economic, political, and international issues. ... Recommended for purchase by academic libraries and large public libraries." -- Magazines for Libraries
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Editorial Board
Joanna Regulska, Rutgers University; James Richter, Bates College; Edward Schatz, University of Toronto; Elizabeth Wood, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Table of Contents
May-June 2014
Vol. 61 No. 03

The Changing Nature of Governance in China
The Quest for Stability: Policing Popular Protest in the People's Republic of China
Loyal local police forces play an important role in preserving the social and political stability that the Chinese Communist Party needs to maintain its absolute grip on power.
Zhou Kai and Yan Xiaojun 3
“Kill Fewer, Kill Carefully”: State Pragmatism, Political Legitimacy, and the Death Penalty in China
The Recent shift in China's death penalty legislation owes more to “state pragmatism” than to international pressure or regime transition. Greater accountability may bolster the current regime's legitimacy and promote its longevity.
Stephen Noakes 18
Do Chinese People Trust Their Local Government, and Why?: An Empirical Study of Political Trust in Urban China
Perceptions of local government performance strongly affect Chinese urban residents' political trust in both central and local governments.
Yang Zhong 31
The Effect of Media Use on Institutional Trust in China
Media consumption increases trust in high-profile institutions such as the central government and the Communist Party and decreases trust in low-profile institutions-local governments, the civil service, courts, and police.
Yuan Yang, Min Tang, Wang Zhou, and Narisong Huhe 45


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