Patrick Köllner

Informal Institutions in Autocracies: Analytical Perspectives and the Case of the Chinese Communist Party

GIGA Working Paper, No. 232, August 2013

Abstract
Analyses of the shape and functioning of systems of political rule need to address informal institutions, which exist alongside and can relate to formal institutions in various ways. In this paper, I first discuss some analytical foundations of the study of such institutions. I then suggest that a focus on political regimes – understood as the configuration of formal and informal institutions shaping and reflecting the access to and the exercise of political power – can be particularly useful for analysing the shape and functioning of autocracies. Finally, I use such a regime focus to study the Chinese Communist Party and its leadership succession process, which is characterised by increasing institutionalisation and complementary as well as substitutive relations between formal and informal institutions.

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Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

Vizepräsident
Direktor des GIGA Instituts für Asien-Studien

Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner ist Vizepräsident des German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Direktor des GIGA Instituts für Asien-Studien und Professor für Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Hamburg. Sein aktuelles Forschungsinteresse gilt vor allem Think Tanks in Asien, australischer und neuseeländischer Politik gegenüber China sowie vergleichenden Regionalstudien.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

Patrick Köllner

Australia’s and New Zealand’s South Pacific Diplomacy: Seeking to Balance China’s Regional Engagement

in: Robert G. Patman / Patrick Köllner / Balazs Kiglics (eds.), Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific/Indo-Pacific: Ideas, Interests, Institutions, Issues, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming

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The Rise of New-Generation Foreign Policy Think Tanks in India: Causes, Contours, and Roles

in: Robert Patman / Patrick Köllner / Balazs Kiglics (eds.), Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific/Indo-Pacific: Ideas, Interests, Institutions, Issues, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming

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Asia-Pacific Diplomacy in Transition: Ideas, Issues and Institutions

Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming

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Taking Stock of Myanmar's Political Transformation since 2011

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