Introduction: “New Normal” under Xi Jinping


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.

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

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Correspondence to Nele Noesselt.

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The papers compiled in this special issue were written for the international workshop on “China’s ‘New Normal’: Politics, Economic Reforms, and Political Philosophy” at the University of Duisburg-Essen, December 1–3, 2016. The workshop was kindly supported by the DFG (German Research Foundation), and is linked to the DFG Project “Concepts of Political Change and Legitimate Modes of Governance in the People’s Republic of China in the Studies of Chinese Political Scientists” (NO 1041/2–1).

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Noesselt, N. Introduction: “New Normal” under Xi Jinping. J OF CHIN POLIT SCI 22, 321–325 (2017).

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  • Governance
  • Xi Jinping
  • Top-Level Design
  • New Normal
  • Neoliberal Authoritarianism