Using Party rules to analyse China’s political system
M. Ryan Manuel (research fellow de l’Australian National University) donnera une conférence intitulée : « Using Party rules to analyse China’s political system », dans le cadre du séminaire de Xavier Paulès : « Vers une histoire des jeux de hasard en Chine, le cas du fantan ».
- Lundi 29 mai 2017, de 13h à 15h
- EHESS – Salle 10 (3e étage)
105 bd Raspail – 75006 Paris
Understanding the Chinese party-state involves understanding how nearly 90 million people are controlled in a vast bureaucracy. Affecting the behaviour of these people requires a panoply of different rules that must bind all members. Understanding these rules can better explain how the system works, yet many of these mechanisms that determine how the Chinese political system functions day-to-day remain unclear. What are the rules governing how actors work together across the party-state system? Which of these rules are binding? How do rules together affect the behaviour of officials, of organisations, and ultimately, of the party-state as a whole? The talk will outline the findings of a long-term research project on the rules of the Chinese system that aims to clarify some of these questions. The project is a comparative analysis that creates large datasets of all the public material used to rule China (linking personnel, rank, placement, government documents, laws, speeches, and official media editorials) and uses the rules of the system to compare official statements of what will occur with the actual tools of governance used in practice. The presentation will use the findings of this project to elucidate the systemic problems of governance faced by China’s leaders in the reform era, and show how each administration has used different tools to attempt to rule China, with differing efficacy.