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China's Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation

New Book Published by the Woodrow Wilson Center Press Examines the Future of the Chinese Communist Party

WASHINGTON—Woodrow Wilson Center Press has published a new book, China's Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation, by David Shambaugh. It is copublished with the University of California Press.

Few if any issues affect the future of China—and hence all the nations that interact with China—more than the nature of its ruling party and government. In this timely study, David Shambaugh argues that although China's Communist Party (CCP) has been languishing in a protracted state of atrophy, it has also recently embarked on a process of fierce critical introspection, adaptation, and reinvention. By way of assessing its own strengths and weaknesses, as well as its willingness to learn from other communist countries, the party's aim is to insure its own survival and future dominance in China.

"Why has the Chinese Communist Party kept its grip on power while the former communist states of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe have collapsed? And where is China heading? In these pages, David Shambaugh provides a much-needed intellectual framework for thinking about China's recent past and future." –J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China, Indonesia, and Singapore

"To understand Chinese politics, one has to understand the complex and manifold role of the Chinese Communist Party. Shambaugh's book provides this much-needed knowledge and insight." –Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic and International Studies

David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. He has written and edited many books, including Modernizing China's Military: Progress, Problems, and Prospects (UC Press, 2004) and Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics (UC Press, 2005).

China's Communist Party is distributed by University of California Press, or telephone 1-800-777-4726. The list price is $39.95 for hardcover.

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