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Author Wu, Guoguang.

Title China's Party Congress : power, legitimacy, and institutional manipulation / Guoguang Wu, University of Victoria.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource
Summary 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.
Contents Cover; Half title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of tables; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction: China's Party Congress as the theater of power; 2 Institutions manipulated, legitimacy ritualized: a theory of authoritarian legitimization; 3 "Meeting for unity and victory": the political art of running the Party Congress; 4 Between political principle and the practice of power: the making and remaking of the Party platform; 5 Norms versus operations: the Party Constitution in political configuration.
6 Elections as instruments of autocracy: the essence and nuisance of formalistic voting7 Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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Subject Zhongguo gong chan dang. Quan guo dai biao da hui.
Zhongguo gong chan dang -- Party work.
Zhongguo gong chan dang -- Platforms.
Zhongguo gong chan dang.
Zhongguo gong chan dang. Quan guo dai biao da hui.
Political leadership -- China.
China -- Politics and government -- 1949-
Chronological Term Since 1949
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Political platforms.
Other Form: Print version: 9781107082021 1107082021 (DLC) 2015012670 (OCoLC)911518078
ISBN 9781139976800 (electronic bk.)
113997680X (electronic bk.)
9781316398685 (electronic bk.)
1316398684 (electronic bk.)
9781107082021 (hardback)
1107082021 (hardback)