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Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party

ISBN 9781138684430
Published August 21, 2017 by Routledge
422 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Whilst the Chinese Communist Party is one of the most powerful political institutions in the world, it is also one of the least understood, due to the party’s secrecy and tight control over the archives, the press and the Internet. Having governed the People’s Republic of China for nearly 70 years though, much interest remains into how this quintessentially Leninist party governs one-fifth of the world and runs the world’s second-largest economy.

The Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party gives a comprehensive and multi-faceted picture of the party’s traditions and values – as well as its efforts to stay relevant in the twenty-first century. It uses a wealth of contemporary data and qualitative analysis to explore the intriguing relationship between the party on the one hand, and the government, the legal and judicial establishment and the armed forces, on the other. Tracing the influence of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin, as well as Mao Zedong, on contemporary leaders ranging from Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin to Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, the sections cover:

  • the party’s history and traditions;
  • how the party works and seeks to remain relevant;
  • major policy arenas;
  • the CCP in the twenty-first century.

The Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese Politics, Asian Politics, Political Parties and International Relations.

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Table of Contents

Overview and Introduction

1. The Agenda of Xi Jinping: Is the Chinese Communist Party Capable of Thorough Reforms? Willy Wo-Lap Lam

History and Traditions

2. The Legacy of Mao Zedong Yiu-Chung Wong and Willy Wo-Lap Lam

3. The CCP’s Exploitation of Confucianism and Legalism Delia Lin

4. The CCP’s Use and Abuse of Nationalism Edward Friedman

How the Party Works and Stays Relevant

5. The Party Runs the Show: How the CCP Controls the State and Towers over the Government, Legislature and Judiciary Jean-Pierre Cabestan

6. The Role of Party Congresses Guoguang Wu

7. The PLA as the Lifeline of the Party Ka Po Ng

8. Factional Politics in the Party-State Apparatus Bo Zhiyue

9. Evolution of the Party since 1976: Ideological and Functional Adoptions Joseph Yu-shek Cheng

10. The CCP’s Meritocratic Cadre System Akio Takahara

11. "The New (Old) Normal": the CCP Propaganda System under Jiang, Hu, and Xi Anne-Marie Brady

Major Policy Arenas

12. How the Party-State Runs the Economy: A Model of Elite Decision-Making in the Financial Market Victor Shih

13. Implementing Tax Reform and Rural Reconstruction in China: A Case Study of the CCP’s Agrarian Policy Chiew-Siang Bryan Ho

14. The Party’s Policy Toward Labor Bill Taylor

15. Reform, Repression, Co-Optation: The CCP’s Policy Toward Intellectuals Jean-Philippe Béja

16. The Party and the Law Eva Pils

17. Two Steps Forward, One Backward: the CCP’s Policy toward Women Marina Thorborg

18. Public Policy and LGBT People and Activism in Mainland China Elaine Jeffreys

19. The CCP’s Tibet Policy: Stability through Coercion and Development Tsering Topgyal

20. The Party-State’s Nationalist Strategy to Control the Uyghur: Silenced Voices Dru C. Gladney

The CCP in the Twenty-First Century

21. The Future of the Chinese Communist Party Kerry Brown and Konstantinos Tsimonis

22. Changing Patterns of Chinese Civil Society: Comparing the Hu-Wen and the Xi Jinping Eras Chloé Froissart

23. Can the Internet and Social Media Change the Party? David Bandurski

24. China and the World: From the Chinese Dream to the Chinese World Order Simon Shen

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Willy Wo-Lap Lam is Adjunct Professor at the Centre for China Studies and the Department of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


"Up-to-date analyses, encyclopedic in scope, by some of the world's leading authorities."

Perry Link, University of California Riverside

"The Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to understand how China is governed and how its political system has evolved over the past seven decades. Willy Wo-Lap Lam has assembled an unrivalled group of China scholars and produced one of the most illuminating volumes on contemporary China."

Minxin Pei, Claremont McKenna College

"In this edited collection, veteran China specialist Willy Lam has assembled a diverse group of authors who dissect the various elements and instruments in CCP rule. Taken together, they offer a fairly comprehensive examination of the Chinese Communist Party's evolution over time and approaches to different sectors of society. The section on 'how the party works' is particularly valuable. All China watchers will find value in this volume."                                              

David Shambaugh, George Washington University

"As usual, the deeply perceptive Willy Lam provides what is almost certainly the best guide to the current state of China, the problems with which her leaders must grapple most importantly."

Arthur Waldron, University of Pennsylvania

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