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.
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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Introduction: The Chinese Communist Party after Communism 1
The Western Discourse on Communist Party-States 11
The Western Discourse on the Chinese Communist Party-State 23
The Chinese Discourse on Communist Party-States 41
The Chinese Discourse on Noncommunist Party-States 87
Rebuilding the Party: The Ideological Dimension 103
Rebuilding the Party: The Organizational Dimension 128
Staying Alive: Can the Chinese Communist Party Survive? 161