Party leadership and legislating: party documents through a party–state relationship lens

Snape, H. (2023) Party leadership and legislating: party documents through a party–state relationship lens. Chinese Law and Government, (doi: 10.1080/00094609.2022.2132763) (Early Online Publication)

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For over a decade, the Chinese Communist Party has been building its rules into a coherent ‘intra-party regulatory system’ with implications for the way the Party runs itself and ‘leads’ its state. This article examines the system-building project through the lens of the Party’s relationship with its state. It draws on a comparative analysis of the different iterations of the Party Charter since the Party became ‘governing party,’ and of pre- and post-19th Party Congress versions of the foundational documents of the intra-party regulatory system. It argues that since the 19th Congress Party Charter transformed the Party’s longstanding articulation of its own identity, redefining ‘Party leadership,’ the intra-party regulatory system has begun to reflect this change. ‘Party leadership’ is by nature relational—it cannot be defined or practiced in a vacuum—hence the Party’s transformed notion of ‘Party leadership’ entails a reconfigured Party–state relationship. Examined in this context, the Party’s project of ‘intra-party regulatory system’ building appears to be reconfiguring the relationship between Party documents and state laws and policies.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Snape, Dr Holly
Authors: Snape, H.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Chinese Law and Government
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1944-7051
Published Online:17 January 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 Taylor & Francis
First Published:First published in Chinese Law and Government 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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