UW-Madison POLISCI 106 - China II (5 pages)

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China II


This lecture described China's political system and it's party-state relations.

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University of Wisconsin, Madison
Polisci 106 - Introduction to Comparative Politics

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POLI SCI 106 1ST Edition Lecture 20 Outline of Last Lecture 1 Three Types of Non Democratic Regimes 2 Totalitarian Regimes 3 Sultanistic Regimes 4 Authoritarian Regimes 5 Maoism 6 Despite End of Maoism 7 Party State 1 Guardianship 8 Party State II The Mass Line Outline of Current Lecture 1 Formal State Institutions 2 Legislature 3 Executive 4 Communist Party 5 Party Structure 6 Party State Relations 7 Party State Relations Informal Politics 8 Challenges and Reforms 9 Challenges and Reforms Accountability Mechanisms 10 Challenges and Reforms Successions 11 Challenges and Reforms Building a Legal System 12 Challenges and Reforms Reforming the Economy Current Lecture China II Formal State Institutions Formally a parliamentary system unicameral legislature fused executive and legislative unitary state largely ceremonial president judiciary with no power of judicial review But operates differently in practice party leaders and organizations matter most not highly institutionalized Legislature These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute National People s Congress NPC formally most powerful organ passes laws elects and supervises government 2 987 members indirectly elected by provincial congresses for 5 years 2 3 CPC meets 2 weeks per year Standing Committee 175 members modifies legislation interprets law But power constrained by party Largely a rubber stamp but some recent assertiveness Executive State Council Government 35 full members responsible to NPC Premier Li Keqiang in power since 2012 members appointed by premier and then confirmed by NPC Standing Committee 10 generalists drafts legislation 25 ministry heads President Xi Jinping Formally quite weak elected by NPC appoints Premier and State Council but with NPC approval no formal veto In practice dominates state Communist Party Controls all state functions Leninist vanguard party 87 million members Fill

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