Can the CCP Morph From a Black Box to an Open Book?
June 13, 2014
Can the CCP Morph From a Black Box to an Open Book?
A piece in Xinhua argues that the CCP should be more open. But are there any actual rules for it to reveal?
Can the CCP Morph From a Black Box to an Open Book?
CCP Changes its Recruitment Policy
June 12, 2014
CCP Changes its Recruitment Policy
The new rules for CCP recruitment will give the central authorities more control over the Party.
CCP Changes its Recruitment Policy
China: Wealth and Democracy
June 10, 2014
China: Wealth and Democracy
Will Western levels of income mean that China adopts Western models of democracy?
China: Wealth and Democracy
Tiananmen Square in the Age of Twitter
June 05, 2014
Tiananmen Square in the Age of Twitter
The real wild card in assessing whether Tiananmen Square could happen today is the role of social media
Tiananmen Square in the Age of Twitter
Celebrating the 95th Anniversary of the Chinese Dream
May 06, 2014
Celebrating the 95th Anniversary of the Chinese Dream
Xi Jinping embraces China's May Fourth Movement of 1919 as a precursor to his own "Chinese dream."
Celebrating the 95th Anniversary of the Chinese Dream
China’s ‘Blurred Lines’ on Security Threats
March 01, 2014
China’s ‘Blurred Lines’ on Security Threats
Under Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist Party is purposely conflating external and domestic security threats.
China’s ‘Blurred Lines’ on Security Threats
Chinese Elites: The Real Threat to the Communist Party
January 28, 2014
Chinese Elites: The Real Threat to the Communist Party
How can the CCP retain members’ loyalty at a time when their economic benefits are beginning to decline?
Chinese Elites: The Real Threat to the Communist Party
After The Plenum, All Power To The Party
November 23, 2013
After The Plenum, All Power To The Party
The real winners of the 2013 Third Plenum are Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party.
After The Plenum, All Power To The Party
China’s ‘Mystery Warriors’
November 13, 2013
China’s ‘Mystery Warriors’
Each year, the PLA gets millions of new recruits. For a few weeks anyway.
China’s ‘Mystery Warriors’
The Chinese Dream From Mao to Xi
September 20, 2013
The Chinese Dream From Mao to Xi
Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream may be new in name, but it continues a long tradition for the Chinese Communist Party.
The Chinese Dream From Mao to Xi
Can the Chinese Communist Party Still Reform?
September 18, 2013
Can the Chinese Communist Party Still Reform?
Expectations are that the Communist Party plenum will see major policy announcements. Does the Party still have its reforming prowess?
Can the Chinese Communist Party Still Reform?
September 09, 2013
China’s “Mass Line” Campaign
China’s leadership is trying to bring the Party closer to the people. The campaign also has other implications.
China’s “Mass Line” Campaign
Zhou Yongkang: Has Xi Nabbed a “Tiger?”
August 31, 2013
Zhou Yongkang: Has Xi Nabbed a “Tiger?”
After months of rumors, senior party leaders have reportedly agreed to investigate the former security czar.
Zhou Yongkang: Has Xi Nabbed a “Tiger?”
How Much Slowdown Can Beijing Tolerate?
July 22, 2013
How Much Slowdown Can Beijing Tolerate?
The notion of a bottom line for growth and stability is a myth. The truth is more complex.
How Much Slowdown Can Beijing Tolerate?
Why Chinese Obey
July 16, 2013
Why Chinese Obey
True, the state gains legitimacy from performance. But there is more to it than that.
Why Chinese Obey
China's Secret? Performance Targets
June 27, 2013
China's Secret? Performance Targets
The extensive use of targets in governance keeps the CCP responsive to changing demands.
China's Secret? Performance Targets
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