Chien-wen Kou

Chien-wen Kou is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. He has been serving as the Director of the Institute of International Relations in the same university since August 2017. His primary research interests include Chinese politics, political elites, and comparative communist studies. He has written or coedited Elites and Governance in China (2013), Choosing China’s Leaders (2014), The Strategic Options of Middle Powers in the Asia-Pacific (2022), and several other books in Chinese.


Political and Social Control in China »

The Consolidation of Single-Party Rule

Publication date: March 2024
During the past decade Xi Jinping has reasserted the Chinese Communist Party’s dominance of state and society, tightening political and social controls to consolidate the Party’s monopoly on political power in China. This volume brings leading China experts together to examine the changing mechanics of authoritarian rule in China, and the Party’s systematic efforts to neutralise potential threats. The book examines critical but little understood changes to the architecture of state, which enables more effective top-down rule and the efficient operation of an increasingly professional bureaucracy. It also explores the policies and mechanisms the Party has used to squash dissent and prevent criticisms. This volume will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand how the CCP has consolidated its rule at home and how it relates to the Party’s global ambitions for China’s great national rejuvenation.