The Party runs the show: How the CCP controls the state and towers over the government, legislature and judiciary

Jean-Pierre Cabestan

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Abstract

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the cornerstone of the Chinese political system and, in many ways, is the political system, since all decisions are made in the Party and carried out by Party cadres, whether they work in the CCP apparatus, the government, the legislature, the judiciary or the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The main organization principles of the Party look very democratic: democratic centralism, collective leadership and election of leaders. In that context, the Party's control of the military constitutes a distinct and probably trickier issue. The PLA's integration into the Party-state structure has remained specific and somewhat problematic. The PLA remains a Party-led military and any danger of "nationalization", although sometimes mentioned as a terrible bete noire in the official media, seems very remote. The Chinese Communist Party tightly controls the state institutions, particularly the government, the legislative and the judiciary.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party
EditorsWilly Wo-Lap Lam
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter5
Pages75-91
Number of pages17
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315543918
ISBN (Print)9781138684430
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2017

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