Much is written about China and the role of the Chinese Communist Party, but without exploring in detail the nature of the party and how it operates. This book provides an in-depth assessment of the current state of the Chinese Communist Party. It outlines the huge size of the party – 88 million members with 4.3 million organizations at the grassroots level. It sets out how the party has developed over time, how the party is organized and how its ideology is formed and transmitted. It discusses how the party acts in the different areas of China’s economy, society and government, at local, regional and national levels. It explores the party’s role in the formation of policy, including foreign policy, and assesses the impact of different factions and of the current anti-corruption campaign. Overall, the book demonstrates how embedded the Communist Party is in all aspects of Chinese economy, society and politics, and how its position continues to be consolidated.
Table of Contents
Part I Overview, 1. The Chinese Communist Party: An Interpretation - Zheng Yongnian, 2. China’s Communist Party: From Mass to Elite Party - Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard Part II Organizational and Ideological Integration, 3. Managing Human Resources to Sustain One-Party Rule - Lance L P Gore, 4. Party Chiefs, Formal and Informal Rules and Institutions - Wang Zhengxu and Dragan Pavlićević, 5. Party Spirit: Producing Communist Belief in Contemporary China - Frank N. Pieke, Part III Elite Politics in the Reform Era, 6. What is a Faction? - Joseph Fewsmith, 7. Politics of Anti-corruption Campaign - Chen Gang, Part IV The Party in State, Society and Economy, 8. The Party/Army-State in Great Transformation - You Ji, 9. The Party in the Legislature and the Judiciary - Wang Jiangyu, 10. The Party in Grassroots Governance - Zhao Litao, 11. China’s Central State Corporatism: the Party and the Governance of Centrally Controlled Businesses - Li Chen, Part V The Party and Foreign Policy, 12. International Department and China’s Foreign Policy - Lye Liang Fook, 13. The Chinese Communist Party and Restructuring National Security Policymaking - Hu Weixing
Zheng Yongnian is Professor and Director of the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.
Lance L.P. Gore is a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.