Is China's National People's Congress a 'Conservative' Legislature?

Asian Survey, Vol. 30, No. 8, pp. 782-794, August 1990

13 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2008

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Kevin J. O'Brien

University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

Abstract

Critical deputy speeches and opposition to draft bankruptcy, enterprise, and villager committee laws have led some observers to conclude that the National People's Congress (NPC) is a conservative, obstructionist force in Chinese politics. This article reviews the evidence for this claim and finds that the NPC's institutional impact is more accurately described as procedurally conservative than as substantively conservative. Not a staunch opponent of market reforms nor of redefining the role of the Communist Party, the legislature instead stands for rationalizing and legalizing policymaking and for guaranteeing policy implementation; it weighs in on the side of caution, carefully-planned change, and minimizing risks, and against campaign-style politics and reliance on revolutionary enthusiasm and charisma.

Keywords: China, National People's Congress, legislatures, lawmaking

JEL Classification: K40, O54, P30

Suggested Citation

O'Brien, Kevin J., Is China's National People's Congress a 'Conservative' Legislature?. Asian Survey, Vol. 30, No. 8, pp. 782-794, August 1990, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1121857

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