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Political Reform

Rethinking the Role of the CCP: Explicating Jiang Zemin's Party Anniversary Speech

by Joseph Fewsmithvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, April 30, 2002

After Jiang Zemin delivered his groundbreaking speech on the communist party's anniversary last summer, there was much speculation about the strength of his political position and controversy over the meaning of the speech itself. Close examination of authoritative commentary, however, suggests that the speech has received strong support within the party and represents far more than the general secretary's personal views. Moreover, articles by party theoreticians based at the Central Party School indicate that Jiang's speech was intended to convey a program of wide-ranging political reform, albeit not one of democratization. This program of political reform is intended to meet the domestic and international challenges facing the party and to make the exercise of power in China better institutionalized and more stable.

Analysis and Commentary

Defense Mathematics

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, April 22, 2002

We need to proceed aggressively on military transformation to create the flexible, agile, and rapid-response military force required to counter the asymmetric threats we now face.

CULTURE CLASH: A Talk with Hernando De Soto

with Hernando De Sotovia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 22, 2002

In the West, capitalism reigns triumphant. Living standards, wealth, and technological development in the capitalist Western countries surpass anything seen before in human history. But why has capitalism so obviously failed in most developing countries? Why are some saying that capitalism is in a state of crisis today in the Third World? Does the success of capitalism depend on Western cultural values that simply don't translate to the Third World? Or can economic and political reforms, especially reform of property rights, enable developing countries to share the same fruits of capitalism and free enterprise that we enjoy in the West?

Analysis and Commentary

Preventing Future Enrons

by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Harry Roundellvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, April 15, 2002

When auditors review governance structures and books, and are encouraged to consult with their clients about problems in the incentive structures, we will have come a long way toward eliminating fraud.

Analysis and Commentary

Further Extending Russia's Tax Reforms

by Alvin Rabushkavia
Monday, April 1, 2002

The Russian government is in the process of further extending its tax reforms. A first step was the introduction of a 13% flat tax on personal income, which took effect in 2001. Now the Russian government is planning to simplify and reduce the tax burden on small businesses.

New Data Confirms the Basic Relationships in the Russian Economy: Ten Years of the New Economic System Revisited

by Michael S. Bernstam, Alvin Rabushka
Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Recent official Russia data indicate that in 2001 Russian gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 5 percent.

Analysis and Commentary

Improving Russia's 13% Flat Tax

by Alvin Rabushkavia
Monday, March 11, 2002

In Russia's 13% flat tax, there are two sources of income that are taxed at higher rates.

Analysis and Commentary

The Flat Tax at Work in Russia

by Alvin Rabushkavia
Thursday, February 21, 2002

Since the emergence of the Russian Federation a decade ago, taxpayer compliance has been a problem. To help resolve this problem and improve incentives, the Russian government enacted in July 2000 a 13% flat-rate tax on personal income.

Analysis and Commentary

Globalization versus Imperialism

by Tibor R. Machanvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, February 11, 2002

Globalization has thus not been effectively linked with what is at its heart, namely, human liberation.

Party Affairs

The Road to the Sixteenth Party Congress

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

The scheduling of the Sixteenth Congress of the Chinese Communist Party by a recent Central Committee plenum inaugurates a prolonged process of preparations that will dominate leadership politics over the coming year and color Beijing's approach to policy in all areas. Expected to convene in the fall next year, the congress will lay the foundation for subsequent policy departures and put into place a new generation of top Party leaders. Judging by the themes of leadership statements and press commentary in recent months, the focus of the Congress is likely to be reform of the Communist Party itself so that it can better manage China's increasingly market-driven economy and the impact of China's upcoming entry into the WTO.


Economic Policy Working Group

The Working Group on Economic Policy brings together experts on economic and financial policy to study key developments in the U.S. and global economies, examine their interactions, and develop specific policy proposals.

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