Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, December 08, 2016

World's tiniest legislature

The Chinese Politburo (the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee) a small legislature and its "legislation" is often reactive (responding to things that have already happened). (Who didn't move out of his office upon retirement? Who traveled through Beijing in a multi-car caravan at rush hour? Who hired relatives for an over-sized staff? Can the Politburo enforce the new rules?

CPC leadership adopts rules standardizing Party, state leaders' benefits
The top leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Wednesday adopted a document to standardize the benefits of CPC and state leaders, such as their offices, housing and staff.
The Politburo

The document was passed at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee presided over by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee…

Party and state leaders should vacate their offices in a timely manner after retiring, the statement said.

They should "travel without pomp" and minimize impact on public life…

Leaders should have the right size of staff as stipulated. They must step up education and management of their staff and strictly constrain their relatives and personnel…

The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee will be first to follow the new rules.

The statement said the new rules are of significant importance to the improvement of the party's working style, showing that the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core is leading by example…

"The strict governance of the Party should start from officials, especially senior ones," [the document] said. "Whatever you demand others to do, you should do yourself first; whatever you forbid others to do, you should firmly forbid to yourself."

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