Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The public face of policy making in China

The 2013 Third Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China has announced more policy decisions. Keep in mind that announcements are not the same as process in making policy. Oh, to be an observer of the proposal/debate/adoption process.

More announcements will probably follow. Look for something about residency permits.

China to End Prison Labor Camps and Ease 1-Child Policy
The Chinese government will ease its one-child family restriction and abolish its “re-education through labor” camps, significantly curtailing two policies that for decades have defined the state’s power to control citizens’ lives, the Communist Party said on Friday.

The changes were announced in a party decision that also laid out ambitious proposals to restructure the economy by encouraging greater private participation in finance and market competition in key economic sectors, as well as promising farmers better property protection and compensation for confiscated land.

Senior party officials, led by President Xi Jinping, endorsed the raft of 60 reform proposals at a four-day Central Committee conference that ended Tuesday, but the decision was announced days later…

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