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The present article outlines and analyzes the institutional and governance mechanisms currently applied by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the context of ensuring the continuity and pervasiveness of its rule over the contemporary Chinese state and society. Based on the theoretical concepts of the Leninist party-state and organizational emperorship, it has been shown how a variety of such mechanisms have been empirically traceable across various levels of government in the contemporary China. In so doing, the article presents evidence as to the combination of the traditional Leninist party-state mechanisms with more nuanced forms of organizational emperorship on the part of the CCP. Furthermore, the author elaborates a conceptual framework for understanding the interrelationship between different levers of power available to the CCP in the contemporary context of the Chinese party-state, thereby contributing to a more holistic understanding of the subject matter.
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