Rethinking Chinese Politics

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Cambridge University Press, 17 giu 2021 - 250 pagine
Understanding Chinese politics has become more important than ever. Some argue that China's political system is 'institutionalized' or that 'win all/lose all' struggles are a thing of the past, but, Joseph Fewsmith argues, as in all Leninist systems, political power is difficult to pass on from one leader to the next. Indeed, each new leader must deploy whatever resources he has to gain control over critical positions and thus consolidate power. Fewsmith traces four decades of elite politics from Deng to Xi, showing how each leader has built power (or not). He shows how the structure of politics in China has set the stage for intense and sometimes violent intra-elite struggles, shaping a hierarchy in which one person tends to dominate, and, ironically, providing for periods of stability between intervals of contention.
 

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Sommario

The Dengist Structure of Power
24
Succession and the Art of Consolidating Power
63
Hu Jintao and the Limits of Institutionalization
86
The Pathologies of Reform Leninism
109
The Nineteenth Party Congress and Reinvigorating
157
Bibliography
190
Index
206
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Joseph Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations and Politics Science, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University.

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