The Political Analysis on Chinese Governments’ Work Reports during the Transitional Period: The Cases of the State Council Work Reports from 1993 to 2007

By Zhen Li.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The annual Work Reports of governments in Mainland China at different levels have been regarded as the significant records for the processes of national modernization. Researching their political logic is of very importance for us to understand the real operation of governments and public administration in China. Unfortunately, however, there have been only a few of archives which study on this theme so far.
This study is focused on the Annual Work Reports of State Council from 1993 to 2007. These reports are analyzed after the relative assumptions are proposed. The analysis framework integrates the theories on political stability and political legitimacy. The United States President’s annual State of the Union Message is also compared with these reports. As a result, the political logic that is implicated in the governments’ work reports is investigated. Two finds are argued that the efforts are demonstrated in order to maintain the stability and order, on the one hand, and, to pursuit to political legitimacy, on the other. It is reasonable to believe that most of conclusions in this study can be expanded to understand the work reports of the governments at other levels in Mainland China, since all the other reports are similar with the State Council’s in the basic style.

Keywords: Government’s Work Reports, Mainland China, Political Logic, Stability and Order, Political Legitimacy

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 7, pp.139-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.365MB).

Zhen Li

Ph.D Student, Department of Government and Public Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Li Zhen is Ph.D Student, major in Government and Public Administration in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. I appreciate the support from the CUHK Postgraduate Students Grants for Overseas Academic Activities.

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