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Honorary Intermediaries?

The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conferences in Theory and Practice
Rebekka Åsnes Sagild and Anna Lisa Ahlers
p. 9-16

Abstract

The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) system is a curious institution: often ridiculed as a decorative “flower vase” for the one-Party regime, or, at best, a networking club meant to appease elite groups, it does not attract much scholarly attention. The Communist Party leadership, however, clings adamantly to what it says is a “broadly representative” intermediary body helping with policy reform and United Front work. In this article, we investigate the validity of this original logic with the help of fresh empirical data. We look at the CPPCC’s institutional history, principles of member selection, delegates’ self-conceptualisation, and their modes of operation. Intermediation, it appears, has always been a blurry task for CPPCC members, resulting in a wide array of behavioural choices – from parroting of the Party line to attempts at proactive agenda setting. After more than two decades of relative openness to innovative bottom-up policy proposals, new rules of unified conduct now again stifle the consultative potential of the CPPCCs – but there seems to be some room for intermediary agency left, especially at the local level.

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Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on June 2020.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Rebekka Åsnes Sagild and Anna Lisa Ahlers, « Honorary Intermediaries? », China Perspectives, 2019-2 | 2019, 9-16.

Electronic reference

Rebekka Åsnes Sagild and Anna Lisa Ahlers, « Honorary Intermediaries? », China Perspectives [Online], 2019-2 | 2019, Online since 10 June 2020, connection on 24 June 2019. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/9016

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About the authors

Rebekka Åsnes Sagild

Rebekka Åsnes Sagild is a doctoral research fellow in China Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.r.a.sagild@ikos.uio.no

Anna Lisa Ahlers

Anna Lisa Ahlers is Associate Professor in China Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.a.l.ahlers@ikos.uio.no

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