Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series
Edited by David S.G. Goodman
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the largest political organization in the world today, and one of the most powerful, and has played a crucial role in initiating most of the major reforms of the past three decades in China. China’s rapid rise has enabled the CCP to extend its influence throughout the globe, but the West remains uncertain whether the CCP will survive China’s ongoing socio-economic transformation and whether China will become a democratic country in the Western sense. This chapter focuses on the CCP as an institution, trying to assess its durability and adaptability through looking at the CCP’s institutional and ideological strengths and weaknesses. The chapter aims to depict major stages concerning CCP’s institutional evolvement and to explain some key concepts in the ideological framework constructed by the CCP over time.
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