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Changing The System From Within?

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In this chapter, the author argues that CASS leaders have used the status of CASS as a state institution to co-opt CASS academics into refraining from openly violating state policies. Since the beginning of the first decade of the twenty-first century, major changes in academic policies and ideology have come about mainly through the gradual ideological change of the Party organization in CASS. Changes in political ideology at CASS occur slowly, and they happen by means of changes in academic and ideological symbolism, which are tied to Party propaganda and government policy-making and Cases of dissidence at CASS occur mainly as a by-product of this mode of change: among well-reputed, established scholars who change their course mid-career or inadvertedly become entangled in sensitive political issues. He concluded the chapter with an elaboration of the meaning of research freedom in the context of developments in CASS over the last decade.

Keywords: academic policies; CASS; Ideology; Political Issues



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