Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

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Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Abbreviation CASS
Formation 1977
Type Research Organization; Think Tank
Xie Fuzhan
Affiliations State Council of China
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Simplified Chinese 中国社会科学院
Traditional Chinese 中國社會科學院

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), with historical origins in the Academia Sinica during the Republic of China era, is the premier and the most comprehensive academic research organization and national center in the People's Republic of China for study in the fields of philosophy and social sciences, with the obligation of advancing and innovating in the scientific researches of philosophy, social sciences and policies. It was described by Foreign Policy magazine as the top think tank in Asia.[1] It is affiliated with the PRC's State Council.


The CASS was established in May 1977 with the aim of promoting the development of philosophy and social sciences. It was formed by separating 14 research units of the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The first president was Hu Qiaomu, and the current president is Wang Weiguang. The Dictionary Editing Office of the Institute of Linguistics edits A Dictionary of Current Chinese.[2]


The CASS comprises five academic divisions:

It is made up of 35 research institutes:

  • Academy of Marxism
  • Institute of Literature
  • Institute of Ethnic Literature
  • Institute of Foreign Literature
  • Institute of Linguistics
  • Institute of Philosophy
  • Institute of World Religions
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Institute of History
  • Institute of Modern History
  • Institute of World History
  • Institute of Political Science
  • Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology
  • Institute of Sociology
  • Institute of Law
  • Institute of International Law
  • Institute of World Economy & Politics
  • Institute of Economics
  • Institute of Industrial Economics
  • Rural Development Institute
  • Institute of Finance and Trade Economics
  • Institute of Finance and Banking
  • Institute of Quantitative and Technical Economics
  • Institute of Population and Labor Economics
  • Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies
  • Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies
  • Research Center for Chinese Borderland History and Geography
  • Institute of Taiwan Studies
  • Institute of Russian, Eastern European & Central Asian Studies
  • Institute of European Studies
  • Institute of West-Asian and African Studies
  • Institute of Latin American Studies
  • Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Institute of American Studies
  • Institute of Japanese Studies

CASS has also more than 90 research centers, and one graduate school (Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences). It is also in charge of 105 national academic communities throughout China.

CASS currently has over 3,200 resident scholars.[3] CASS membership and honorary membership are both conferred for life and are the highest academic titles of the academy. There are 47 members and 95 honorary members.

Publishing house

The China Social Sciences Press (Chinese: 中国社会科学出版社; pinyin: Zhōngguó Shèhuì Kēxué Chūbǎnshè) was established in June 1978 under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and has published over 8,000 books since its inception.[4]

List of presidents

  1. Hu Qiaomu (胡乔木): 1977–1982
  2. Ma Hong (马洪): 1982–1985
  3. Hu Qiaomu: 1985–1988
  4. Hu Sheng (胡绳): 1988–1998
  5. Li Tieying (李铁映): 1998–2003
  6. Chen Kuiyuan (陈奎元): 2003–2013
  7. Wang Weiguang (王伟光): April 2013 – March 2018
  8. Xie Fuzhan (谢伏瞻): March 2018 – Incumbent

Source: China Social Science Network[5]

See also


  1. The Think Tank Index, Foreign Policy, archived from the original on 2009-01-19
  2. 中国社会科学院语言研究所词典编辑室 Dictionary Editing Office, Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, ed. (1 September 2016). 现代汉语词典(第七版) [A Dictionary of Current Chinese (Seventh Edition)]. 北京. Beijing: 商务印书馆. The Commercial Press. ISBN 978-7-100-12450-8.
  3. 《历史沿革》 [History and timeline], Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, retrieved 2010-07-14
  4. 潘衍习 [Pan Yanxi] (2008-11-17), "中国社科出版社三十年硕果累累 [China Social Sciences Press' accumulated achievements of thirty years]", People's Daily, retrieved 2010-07-14
  5. 院领导 [Leaders of the Academy] (in Chinese). Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
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