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Training the Party: Party Adaptation and Elite Training in Reform-era China (Hardback)
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Training the Party: Party Adaptation and Elite Training in Reform-era China (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 02/07/2015
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Charlotte P. Lee considers organizational changes taking place within the contemporary Chinese Communist Party (CCP), examining the party's renewed emphasis on an understudied but core set of organizations: party-managed training academies or 'party schools'. This national network of organizations enables party authorities to exert political control over the knowledge, skills, and careers of officials. Drawing on in-depth field research and novel datasets, Lee finds that the party school system has not been immune to broader market-based reforms but instead has incorporated many of the same strategies as actors in China's hybrid, state-led private sector. In the search for revenue and status, schools have updated training content and become more entrepreneurial as they compete and collaborate with domestic and international actors. This book draws attention to surprising dynamism located within the party, in political organizations thought immune to change, and the transformative effect of the market on China's political system.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107090637
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm


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'Charlotte P. Lee probes the core institution of China's political system - the party - through an original examination of party schools, organizations that train and socialize officials throughout the country. Marshaling extensive fieldwork and new statistical data, Lee paints an exquisitely detailed picture of the party's entrepreneurial adaptation to market reforms as well as the evolution of bureaucratic training. Importantly, this book reveals there can be avenues of political change without formal democratization in authoritarian regimes.' Yuen Yuen Ang, University of Michigan
'The Chinese Communist Party has been in power now for over six decades, time in which China as a political system and society has changed radically. How has the party managed to adapt and stay in power so long? Charlotte P. Lee addresses this important question in this important study of the party school system. A major addition to the literature.' Joseph Fewsmith, Boston University
'Lee's book provides a comprehensive understanding of how marketization has changed cadre training, and allowed the CCP to use the party school system to adapt to new governance challenges and maintain the elite cohesion needed by single-party regimes. ... Despite the complexity, all of this information is incredibly valuable and I consider the book to be a great reference guide to understanding the party school system, as well as a contribution to the mechanisms underpinning the resilience of the CCP.' Jessica C. Teets, Journal of Chinese Political Science

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