Chinese Political Institutions

This Chinese political institutions course has two objectives: 1) To understand the policy process in China today. How do Chinese political institutions operate? How are Chinese leaders chosen and its officials promoted? How are policies formulated and implemented? What are the dynamics between central and local governments? How do economic and social interest groups influence the policy process? 2) To understand why China’s political system has been so resilient and what challenges it faces in the future. How have Chinese political institutions evolved? How does the Chinese state maintain its sway over a society undergoing rapid change as a result of economic reform and opening to the world?

The course covers major theoretical and practical perspectives of exploring Chinese political institutions. The main features of the course include: (1) the course is offered by both Tsinghua and international scholars. The teaching team has in-depth knowledge in studying China from a comparative perspective. (2) the course is committed to bridge the linkage between political theory and real world operation in understanding Chinese political institutions by including the political leaders’ talks. (3) the course attempts to analyze Chinese case in a comparative perspective, and learn the experiences and lessons for the other part of world. The design, content and format of this course are aimed optimally to benefit Schwarzman Scholars in both knowledge accumulation and practical orientation.

Guest Lecturers include the following leading international experts on Chinese politics: Victor Shih and Molly Roberts, University of California, San Diego; Yiqing Xu, Stanford University.


MENG Tianguang, Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University

Susan L. ShirkResearch Professor and Chair of the 21st Century China Program, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego


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