(Postponed to Fall 2020) The Chinese Communist Party at 100: Assessing Its Roles

CSCC 8th Annual Conference
Apr 30, 2020 - May 1, 2020

As the Chinese Communist Party nears the one hundredth anniversary of its founding and moves toward Xi Jinping extending his tenure beyond the (fragile) norm of a decade in the top Party (and state) posts, there are major issues concerning the Party’s changing roles in recent years and prospects for future developments: the Party’s relationship with other major institutions, including government / state organs, the military, and courts and the legal system; the Party’s relationship with economic actors and social groups, including state-owned or state-linked enterprises, entrepreneurs and private businesses, old and new media, and civil society / non-governmental organizations; and other perennially important issues for the Party, including ideology, corruption, policy implementation, external relations (such as united front work or soft power efforts, as distinct from the state’s foreign policy), and intra-elite politics.  What is the Party’s role in each of these issue areas?  Where has it succeeded and what challenges does it face?  Has there been an inflection point or significant change during the Xi era, or is there some other inflection point?  What are the prospects as the Party enters its second century? To address such questions, the conference will convene a group of leading China scholars to share their expertise and insights.