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China's Party Congress: Power, Legitimacy, and Institutional Manipulation (Hardback)
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China's Party Congress: Power, Legitimacy, and Institutional Manipulation (Hardback)

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Hardback 382 Pages / Published: 18/09/2015
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Nominally the highest decision-making body in the Chinese Communist Party, the Party Congress is responsible for determining party policy and the selection of China's leaders. Guoguang Wu provides the first analysis of how the Party Congress operates to elect Party leadership and decide Party policy, and explores why such a formal performance of congress meetings, delegate discussions, and non-democratic elections is significant for authoritarian politics more broadly. Taking institutional inconsistency as the central research question, this study presents a new theory of 'mutual contextualization' to reveal how informal politics and formal institutions interact with each other. Wu argues that despite the prevalence of informal politics behind the scenes, authoritarian politics seeks legitimization through a combination of political manipulation and the ritual mobilization of formal institutions. This ambitious book is essential reading for all those interested in understanding contemporary China, and an innovative theoretical contribution to the study of comparative politics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107082021
Number of pages: 382
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


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'Why has China had such high popular legitimacy (according to the best available indicators) when its citizenry have had so little to say about how they are governed? In this brilliant, pioneering study of the National Party Congress, Guoguang Wu shows how by shrewdly using 'institutional manipulation' the CCP can present a democratic showcase while keeping the levers of power hidden. Thus the 'hollow' but 'holy' Party Congress actually proves more effective at building popular consensus than the representative legislatures after which it was modeled.' Lowell Dittmer, University of California, Berkeley
'The book is insightful about the actual operations of the Congress and is filled with useful information on its evolution as an institution, especially since the seventh Party Congress in 1945. It is a good reference for students of Chinese politics.' Zhiyue Bo, The China Journal
`Why has China had such high popular legitimacy (according to the best available indicators) when its citizenry have had so little to say about how they are governed? In this brilliant, pioneering study of the National Party Congress, Guoguang Wu shows how by shrewdly using `institutional manipulation' the CCP can present a democratic showcase while keeping the levers of power hidden. Thus the `hollow' but `holy' Party Congress actually proves more effective at building popular consensus than the representative legislatures after which it was modeled.' Lowell Dittmer, University of California, Berkeley
'The book is insightful about the actual operations of the Congress and is filled with useful information on its evolution as an institution, especially since the seventh Party Congress in 1945. It is a good reference for students of Chinese politics.' Zhiyue Bo, The China Journal

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