China Leadership Monitor

The Work System of the New Hu Leadership

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Over the four months since the 17th Party Congress altered the lineup of the Party’s Politburo, public appearances by the new leadership have made clear how it has divided up responsibilities for the work of managing major sectors of policy. The resulting division of policy work also reveals a careful balancing of representation among major institutional constituencies on the Politburo, a hallmark technique introduced by Deng Xiaoping in the late 1980s to reinforce collective leadership in the oligarchy.