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The Puzzle: Reform and State Capacity Building in Contemporary China
Political reform has been at the core of the politics of the Chinese party-state ever since the launch of the reform and opening-up policy in the late 1970s. At first, welcomed by the outside observers as China’s initial steps towards democratization, advancing political reform seems to be increasingly less likely to bring the country closer to the Western model of government, and even more so under the current leadership of Xi Jinping (习近平). The purpose of this book is to reveal the puzzles regarding why the political leaders developed the approach of state capacity building and how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has enhanced the state capacity for its governance.
On November 18 2013, at the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the CCP, the CCP released the Decision of the CCP Central Committee on Several Major Issues Concerning Comprehensively Deepening Reforms (中共中央全面深化改革若干重大问题的决定) (hereinafter
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