The Chinese Communist Party since 1949: Organization, Ideology, and Prospect for Change

Brill Research Perspectives in Governance and Public Policy in China, Brill Academic Publishers, ISSN 2451-9227

Volume 3, 1-2, 2018

DOI:10.1163/24519227-12340004, Dimensions: pub.1122988998,



  1. (1) Copenhagen Business School, grid.4655.2, CBS
  2. (2) National University of Singapore, grid.4280.e








Abstract Research on the Chinese Communist Party ( CCP ), the world’s largest political party, has seen a revival in recent years. Today, studies of the CCP are a key part of any attempt to understand China’s development trajectory in the post-1949 era. This review takes a new and closer look at how the study of the CCP has evolved in terms of themes, concepts, and areas of research. In the following we explore nine topics: Party organization, cadre management, cadre advancement and training, Party ideology, Party reform and adaptation, local Party work, the Party and business, the Party and corruption, and the Party and the law. Combining the pieces of the puzzle provides the picture of a political machine and organization of amazing durability.

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