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Handbook of the Politics of China

Handbook of the Politics of China

Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series

Edited by David S.G. Goodman

The Handbook of the Politics of China is a comprehensive resource introducing readers to the very latest in research on Chinese politics. David Goodman provides an introduction to the key structures and issues, providing the foundations on which later learning can be built. It contains four sections of new and original research, dealing with leadership and institutions, public policy, political economy and social change, and international relations and includes a comprehensive bibliography. Each of the 26 chapters has been written by an established authority in the field and each reviews the literature on the topic, and presents the latest findings of research. An essential primer for the study of China’s politics.

Chapter 3: The Chinese Communist Party: an institutional perspective

Zheng Yongnian and Chen Gang

Subjects: asian studies, asian politics and policy, politics and public policy, asian politics

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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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