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Working for Harmony and Innovation?
Political Inclusion of Diversified Elites via the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

dc.contributor.authorÅsnes Sagild, Rebekka
dc.contributor.authorAhlers, Anna L.
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-23T07:37:29Z
dc.date.available2020-07-23T07:37:29Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11811/8469
dc.description.abstractThis paper describes the fascinating case of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference system (CPPCC) and its evolution since 1949. The CPPCC’s original idea is to allow select members who represent the diversity of society in the one-party state gain limited access to policy-making in exchange for their (public show of) adherence to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Usually seen as merely a decorative “flower vase” for the one-party regime, or – at best – as a networking club meant to appease varying elite groups in Chinese society, the CPPCCs represent a largely overlooked part in research on the Chinese political system. Despite the CCP’s fundamental ideological transformations since 1949 it adamantly clings to this symbol of “party-external consultation” and the “Patriotic United Front”, which was recently reinvigorated by the party leadership. Against this background, in this article we trace the major developments in the CPPCC since 1949 and identify both the continuities as well as significant interpretational and practical shifts that have occurred with regard to the CPPCC’s main official functions: “representation” and “consultation”. We have looked, in particular, at official descriptions and legitimations of the CPPCC system, delegates’ self-conceptualization and interpretation of their role, and how all this translates into the conferences’ political practice today. Our preliminary findings show how the CPPCC on the one hand still embodies the CCP’s traditional preference for differential political inclusion, which in this case equates social status with political capability and bets on the cooptation of diversified elites. On the other hand, we observe that the deliberately non-transparent and flexible selection criteria and work guidelines for the CPPCC present both constraints as well as chances for selected members when defining their role and function. Finally, beyond providing an overview of the CPPCC system’s evolution, status, and work mode, we identify the many gaps that still exist in research on this institution and suggest potential starting points for future studies.en
dc.format.extent28
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofseriesFIW Working Paper ; 10
dc.rightsIn Copyright
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
dc.subjectpolitical system of China
dc.subjectpolitical inclusion
dc.subjectUnited Front
dc.subjectauthoritarianism
dc.subjectpolitical consultation
dc.subjectrepresentation
dc.subjectelite politics
dc.subject.ddc320 Politik
dc.titleWorking for Harmony and Innovation?
dc.title.alternativePolitical Inclusion of Diversified Elites via the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
dc.typeArbeitspapier
dc.publisher.nameForum Internationale Wissenschaft
dc.publisher.locationBonn
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccess
dc.relation.pissn978-3-946306-09-02
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.fiw.uni-bonn.de/publikationen/FIWWorkingPaper/fiw-working-paper
ulbbn.pubtypeZweitveröffentlichung


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