Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party

New title, Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party, Edited by Willy Wo-Lap Lam. Listen to the book introduction narrated by Lam and read more about Willy Lam on China's 19th Party Congress or find out more below. 

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 starelevant 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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"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

Preview of 'The Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party'

Check out the book introduction of 'The Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party' narrated by Willy Lam. 

How well do you know China's 19th Congress Party?

Check out this article about the gathering of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CPP).

Who are China's public intellectuals?

Listen to Willy Lam's discussion at Notre Dame University.