The party has implemented various modest reforms in recent years. Some are designed to allow the party to implement its policy agenda more efficiently. Others aim to make it more responsive to a changing society, or at least to appear so. All are designed to perpetuate the Communist Party's rule, not necessarily to make China more democratic.
Beijing's Ambivalent Reformers
Bruce J. Dickson is an associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. His most recent book is Red Capitalists in China: The Party, Private Entrepreneurs, and Prospects for Political Change (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
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Bruce J. Dickson; Beijing's Ambivalent Reformers. Current History 1 September 2004; 103 (674): 249–255. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2004.103.674.249
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