Considers the politics of central decision-making by focusing on senior policy makers and implementing bureaucracies on the one hand, and actors in economic and non-economic arenas on the other. The contributors held significant party and government positions in China up to 1989.

part I|87 pages

Central Leadership and Executive Systems

chapter 1|12 pages

The Nature of Chinese Authoritarianism

ByYan Jiaqi

chapter 2|9 pages

The Evolution of the Central Secretariat and Its Authority

ByRuan Ming

chapter 4|12 pages

Organizational Hierarchy and the Cadre Management System

ByYan Huai

chapter 5|15 pages

Bulwark of the Planned Economy: The Structure and Role of the State Planning Commission

ByWang Lixin, Joseph Fewsmith

chapter 6|10 pages

The United Front Work System and the Nonparty Elite

ByTong Zhan

chapter 7|12 pages

Open and Closed Media: External and Internal Newspapers in the Propaganda System

ByChing-chang Hsiao, Timothy Cheek

part III|74 pages

Experiments in System Reform

chapter 12|20 pages

The Decision Process Behind the 1986–1989 Political Reforms

ByChen Yizi

chapter 13|16 pages

Separating the Party from the Government

ByHsiao Pen

chapter 14|7 pages

Establishing a Public Service System

ByYan Huai

chapter 15|7 pages

Political Reform in Beijing City

ByZhu Xiaoqun

chapter 17|16 pages

Decision and Miscarriage: Radical Price Reform in the Summer of 1988

ByCheng Xiaonong

part IV|41 pages

Comparisons and Conclusions

chapter 18|26 pages

Politics inside the Ring Road: On Sources and Comparisons

ByH. Lyman Miller