Chinese Politics And Comparative Communist Systems

1036 Words Oct 13th, 2016 5 Pages
A “Party-State” exists when the party and the state are interconnected within the state 's leadership, organizations, and society from the top down. Sujian Guo states in his book Chinese Politics in Comparative Communist Systems, “The existence of the party-state and the blending of the political and administrative functions is one of the distinctive characteristics of the communist system world wide” (Guo 9). These “Party-State Relations” occur in all communist countries. There are many key features of Party-State Relations. Firstly, the members of the controlling party (China Communist Party) have a key role in political decisions. The party holds major influence in major political appointments, promotions, and dismissals of the members of the legislature, the state administration, and the judiciary. This influence allows the party to maintain control over the goals and actions of the government and to ensure that they aligned with that of the controlling party. Another key feature of the Party-State relations is that the parties infiltration of the government allows them to make decisions in all of the state affairs and institutions because they are led by the party leaders. The Party-State has officials covering all areas of the government, such as; ministers, state presidents, presidents of parliament and judiciary, officers in the military, the police, etc. The number of positions held by party leaders creates a strong control over the different divisions of the…
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