Title Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era
Subtitle Reassessing Collective Leadership
Author Cheng Li
ISBN 9780815726920
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 528
Book size 153 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2016
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
Published in India by Brookings Institution Press
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Chinese politics are at a crossroads as President Xi Jinping amasses personal power and tests the constraints of collective leadership. 

In the years since he became general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012, Xi Jinping has surprised many people in China and around the world with his bold anti-corruption campaign and his aggressive consolidation of power. Given these new developments, we must rethink how we analyze Chinese politics—an urgent task as China now has more influence on the global economy and regional security than at any other time in modern history.

Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era examines how the structure and dynamics of party leadership have evolved since the late 1990s and argues that “inner-party democracy”—the concept of collective leadership that emphasizes deal making based on accepted rules and norms—may pave the way for greater transformation within China’s political system. Xi’s legacy will largely depend on whether he encourages or obstructs this trend of political institutionalization in the governance of the world’s most populous and increasingly pluralistic country.

Cheng Li also addresses the recruitment and composition of the political elite, a central concern in Chinese politics. China analysts will benefit from the meticulously detailed biographical information of the 376 members of the 18th Central Committee, including tables and charts detailing their family background, education, occupation, career patterns, and mentor-patron ties.


List of Figures and Tables

Acknowl edgments

PROLOGUE Leadership: A Central Issue in Chinese Politics

Chapter 1. Governance: Collective Leadership Revisited

Chapter 2. Structure: China’s Party- State System

Chapter 3. Elites: Composition and Representation on the 18th Central Committee

Chapter 4. Education: Advanced Degrees, Part- Time Training, and Study Abroad

Chapter 5. Occupations: From Rule by Technocrats to a More Diverse Leadership

Chapter 6. Mishu: Favoritism and Corruption in Elite Politics

Chapter 7. Factions: One Party, Two Co ali tions?

Chapter 8. Protégés: Xi’s Inner Circle

Chapter 9. Trajectory: The 19th National Party Congress and Changing Dynamics in Chinese Society

List of Abbreviations





About the Author:

Cheng Li is director of the John L. Thornton China Center and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is also a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Li focuses on the transformation of political leaders, generational change and technological development in China.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of Political Science & International Relations

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