China's Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation

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University of California Press, Apr 2, 2008 - 256 pages
Few issues affect the future of China--and hence all the nations that interact with China--more than the nature of its ruling party and government. In this timely study, David Shambaugh assesses the strengths and weaknesses, durability, adaptability, and potential longevity of China's Communist Party (CCP). He argues that although the CCP has been in a protracted state of atrophy, it has undertaken a number of adaptive measures aimed at reinventing itself and strengthening its rule. Shambaugh's investigation draws on a unique set of inner-Party documents and interviews, and he finds that China's Communist Party is resilient and will continue to retain its grip on power.

Copub: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
 

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Contents

Introduction The Chinese Communist Party after Communism
1
The Western Discourse on Communist PartyStates
11
The Western Discourse on the Chinese Communist PartyState
23
The Chinese Discourse on Communist PartyStates
41
The Chinese Discourse on Noncommunist PartyStates
87
Rebuilding the Party The Ideological Dimension
103
Rebuilding the Party The Organizational Dimension
128
Staying Alive Can the Chinese Communist Party Survive?
161
Notes
183
Index
221
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David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. He has written and edited many books, including Modernizing China's Military: Progress, Problems, and Prospects (UC Press, 2004) and Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics (UC Press, 2005).

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