Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 321–325 | Cite as

Introduction: “New Normal” under Xi Jinping

  • Nele NoesseltEmail author


Under the slogan of “new normal” (xin changtai) the PRC has started to revise its governance model. This new mode of governing the Chinese party-state is based on synchronized reforms in five sectors, coordinated via a “top-level design” (dingceng sheji). While the market is ascribed a leading role for the allocation of resources, reforms also include a modernization of the state bureaucratic system. Furthermore, new frames have been added to the PRC’s official governance philosophy that indicate a turn to a novel concept of state-society relations.


Governance Xi Jinping Top-Level Design New Normal Neoliberal Authoritarianism 



Special thanks to Pinar Karahan, Stefan Kitanovski, Giorgi Kartvelishvili, and Wang Yixin for their excellent support of this workshop.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany

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