chapter  II
The Establishment of Government (1949–1950)
ByBill Brugger
Pages 18

The principles of new democracy were enshrined in official state documents in September 1949 by a body known as the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The three major documents passed by the conference, which were to serve as an interim constitution, were the Common Programme, the Organic Law of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Organic Law of the Central People's Government. The supreme government organ of the new regime was to be the Central People's Government Council, which was simultaneously a legislative, executive and judicial organ. Until 1954, the powers of the central government were considerably limited by those of the six large administrative regions which were set up during and after the Civil War. Many teachers did, however, institute new curricula in the new political climate and the degree to which they did so must surely have had some effect on the provision of government subsidies.