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The Resource Power by design : constitution-making in Nationalist China, Suisheng Zhao

Power by design : constitution-making in Nationalist China, Suisheng Zhao

Label
Power by design : constitution-making in Nationalist China
Title
Power by design
Title remainder
constitution-making in Nationalist China
Statement of responsibility
Suisheng Zhao
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
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Zhao, Suisheng
Dewey number
320.951/09/041
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
JQ1522
LC item number
.Z43 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Constitutional history
  • Taiwan
Summary expansion
First established as a cabinet system in Guangzhou in 1925, the Nationalist Government of China was replaced three years later by a presidential system under a unified Nationalist government in Nanjing. The cabinet government was restored in 1931 and existed until the presidential system was again installed by the 1936 constitution. Why did presidential and cabinet systems exist alternately during this formative period of the Nationalist government? Why was the presidential system finally adopted in 1936? Suisheng Zhao answers these and other questions fundamental to understanding authoritarian regimes in this pioneering study of the design of the Nationalist Government of China from 1925 to 1937. Borrowing ideas from public choice theory, Zhao proposes that political actors who design governmental institutions are driven by power-maximization strategies just as business firms are driven by wealth-maximization strategies. Constitution-making reflects the underlying distribution of power among authoritarian leaders, who attempt to design political institutions that will consolidate their personal power and position. Thus, Zhao argues, if political actors possess more power resources than their rivals and anticipate themselves becoming dominant, they will choose the singular leadership of the presidential system. If they are in a weaker position and do not anticipate becoming dominant, they will prefer the collective leadership of the cabinet form of government
Label
Power by design : constitution-making in Nationalist China, Suisheng Zhao
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-210) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction: Institutional Design in Authoritarian Settings -- 2. The Rise of Constitutionalism -- 3. Power Resources and Authority Relationships -- 4. Relative Power Positions of the Major Players -- 5. Institutional Preferences of the Major Players -- 6. The Succession Struggle: From Cabinet to Presidential Government, 1925-1928 -- 7. The Grand Anti-Chiang Coalition: From Presidential to Cabinet Government, 1928-1931 -- 8. The Destruction of Chiang's Major Rivals: From Cabinet Back to Presidential Government, 1931-1937 -- 9. Conclusion: A Comparative Perspective
Control code
32702474
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 217 pages
Isbn
9780824817213
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95023127
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Power by design : constitution-making in Nationalist China, Suisheng Zhao
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-210) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction: Institutional Design in Authoritarian Settings -- 2. The Rise of Constitutionalism -- 3. Power Resources and Authority Relationships -- 4. Relative Power Positions of the Major Players -- 5. Institutional Preferences of the Major Players -- 6. The Succession Struggle: From Cabinet to Presidential Government, 1925-1928 -- 7. The Grand Anti-Chiang Coalition: From Presidential to Cabinet Government, 1928-1931 -- 8. The Destruction of Chiang's Major Rivals: From Cabinet Back to Presidential Government, 1931-1937 -- 9. Conclusion: A Comparative Perspective
Control code
32702474
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 217 pages
Isbn
9780824817213
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95023127
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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