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 in different issue arenas 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 has the communist political system evolved? How does it maintain its sway over a society undergoing massive change as a result of economic reform and opening to the world?