When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership initiated economic reform in 1978, they also set in motion a process of political reform. The term ‘political reform’ here does not of course mean the introduction of a multi-party political system or even the end of communist party rule as witnessed in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.1 Rather, it refers to the massive changes in both the processes and functioning of political power within the existing framework of party rule.
KeywordsChinese Communist Party Reform Process Political Reform Central Leader Provincial Leader
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