The Chinese Communist Party in Reform
Edited by Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, Zheng Yongnian
Routledge – 2006 – 270 pages
Contrary to the expectations of many people, China's recent economic growth has not led to the collapse of the Chinese Communist Party. In fact, the Party has recently carried out a peaceful and orderly transition to the so-called fourth generation of leadership, has revitalised itself, and created a new, younger and better trained cadre corps. Despite this successful transformation, there continue to be many problems that the Party will need to overcome if it is to remain in power, including pressures for democratization in both urban and rural areas, widespread corruption, the emergence of new social groups, and increasing dissatisfaction among workers who seem to be losing out in the present transition process.
The Chinese Communist Party in Reform explores the current state of the Chinese Communist Party and the many challenges that it faces. It considers the dynamics of development in China, the Party organization, recruitment and management, and the Party's role in society more widely. It concludes by examining the prospects for the future of the Party, including whether it will continue to be able to accommodate socio-economic changes within China and pressures from abroad, and the likely nature of its evolution. Overall, this book provides a comprehensive assessment of the internal dynamics of the Chinese Communist Party and its role in Chinese society.
Introduction Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard and Zheng Yongnian 1. The Party Elite and China's Trajectory of Change Andrew G Walder 2. The Chinese Communist Party's Nomenklatura System as a Leadership Selection Mechanism: An Evaluation John P Burns 3. The People's Liberation Army as A Key Interest Groupin Chinese Party Politics You Ji 4. The Party and the Law Zou Keyuan 5. Bianzhi and Cadre Management in China: The Case of Yangpu Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard 6. The Cadre Responsibility System and the Changing Needs of the Party Maria Edin 7. China's Central Party School: A Unique Institution Adapting to Changes, Ignatius Wibowo and Lye Liang Fook 8. Party Work in the Urban Communities Takahara Akio and Robert Benewick 9. The Weakening of Workers' Power in China Cai Yongshun 10. Intra-Party Democracy: A Revisionist Perspective from below He Baogang 11. Transition in a Party-State System - Taiwan as a Model for China's Future Democratisation Chien-min Chao and Yeau-tarn Lee 12. The Party, Class and Democracy in China Zheng Yongnian Index
Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard is Professor and Director of the Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He is also Editor of The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies and member of the editorial board of a number of scholarly journals, including The China Quarterly. He is currently engaged in a major research project on party reform and cadre management in China, supported by the Carlsberg Foundation.
Zheng Yongnian is Professor and Head of Research at the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham. He is also a co-editor of China: An International Journal. He is a recipient of the Social Science Research Council MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He has extensively studied both China's domestic political economy and its external relations.