Factions in Nondemocracies: Theory and Evidence from the Chinese Communist Party

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Patrick Francois

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Economics

Francesco Trebbi

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Kairong Xiao

Columbia University - Columbia Business School

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Date Written: August 1, 2020

Abstract

This paper investigates, theoretically and empirically, factional arrangements within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the governing political party of the People's Republic of China. Using detailed biographical information of political elites in the Central Committee and provincial governments, we present a set of new empirical regularities within the CCP, including systematic patterns of cross-factional balancing at different levels of the political hierarchy and substantial faction premia in promotions. We propose and estimate an organizational economic model to characterize factional politics within single-party nondemocratic regimes.

Keywords: China, Chinese Communist Party, Factions, political economy, Single Party Regime

JEL Classification: P3, P48

Suggested Citation

Francois, Patrick and Trebbi, Francesco and Xiao, Kairong, Factions in Nondemocracies: Theory and Evidence from the Chinese Communist Party (August 1, 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15226, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3688180

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