China After the Reform Era

Journal of Democracy, Vol. 26, 2015

16 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2015

See all articles by Carl F. Minzner

Carl F. Minzner

Fordham University - School of Law

Date Written: July 15, 2015


China’s reform era is ending. Core factors that characterized it – political stability, ideological openness, and rapid economic growth – are unraveling.

In part, this is the result of Beijing’s steadfast refusal to contemplate fundamental political reform. Since the early 1990s, this has fueled the rise of entrenched interests within the Communist Party itself. It has also contributed to the systematic underdevelopment of institutions of governance among state and society at large.

Now, to address looming problems confronting the nation, Chinese leaders are progressively cannibalizing institutional norms and practices that have formed the bedrock of the regime's stability in the post-Mao era.

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Minzner, Carl F., China After the Reform Era (July 15, 2015). Journal of Democracy, Vol. 26, 2015 , Available at SSRN:

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