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China’s ‘Leading Small Groups’: Instruments of Governance and Control

In the unique conjoined system of Party-State that China operates (with the Party the dominant player), Leading Small Groups, LSGs, are a governance device dating to the Ya’anan days of the 1930s. They have been extensively used for a long time, to control both decision-making and execution of decisions. Bringing to one table all the Party, Government, Provincial and PLA entities involved, they have smoothened governance and policy execution. The new development in recent years is that they have assumed a hierarchical role. They also appear to represent a new way of dealing with governance, strengthening President Xi Jinping’s personal control over policy-making and execution process.


Keywords: Party-State, policy making, execution, control, governance. 


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