“One is best, at most two, never a third”: Evaluating the Legitimacy of China’s One Child Policy

By: Ritika Rao, Pitzer ’17 Introduction The failed planning of the Great Leap Forward (1958-1961), a massive economic and social campaign aimed to ramp up development in China’s agricultural and industrial sectors, and the escalation of birthrates to over 4 children per family led to a further decline in Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong’s political legitimacy…