Decision-Making in Deng's China: Perspectives from Insiders

Decision-Making in Deng's China: Perspectives from Insiders

Decision-Making in Deng's China: Perspectives from Insiders

Decision-Making in Deng's China: Perspectives from Insiders

Synopsis

Considers the politics of central decision-making by focusing on senior policy makers and implementing bureaucracies on the one hand, and actors in economic and non-economic arenas on the other. The contributors held significant party and government positions in China up to 1989.

Excerpt

This unusual and valuable book is special for several reasons.

The Chinese contributors to the volume are intellectuals and former officials who held significant party and government positions in China before the Tiananmen crisis of 1989. Their posts and responsibilities varied, but all had intimate knowledge, from personal participation in the Chinese political system, of important aspects of policy-making and implementation. Some played active roles in the efforts to initiate reforms in the 1980s. The analyses in the chapters that make up the bulk of this volume draw from the authors' personal knowledge of the organization and functioning of political institutions in China.

Since coming to the United States, these knowledgeable and able individuals have had the opportunity, and the freedom, to reflect on and begin to write about their experiences, using their accumulated knowledge and expressing their views about China's political system, about the country's political predicament and problems, and about its future prospects. They also have begun to broaden their contacts and interactions with Western scholars and political analysts, and in a variety of conferences and workshops they have had the opportunities to exchange views with non-Chinese specialists--s well as among themselves. The resulting dialogues on Chinese politics clearly have contributed significantly to the analyses contained in this volume.

The result is a book that is unique in many respects. It sheds new light on political institutions and processes in China and makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing effort to raise our level of understanding of the evolution of the Chinese political system. Some chapters focus primarily on the organization and functioning of particular political institutions. Some reinforce, elaborate on, or fill in gaps about many of the fundamental authoritarian characteristics of the structure and functioning of the political system.

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