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The Politics of the Core Leader in China
Culture, Institution, Legitimacy, and Power


  • Author: Xuezhi Guo, Guilford College, North Carolina
  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108480499

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  • The desire for the 'core' leader has been imbedded in the ruling philosophy of the Chinese Communist Party. As the role of the 'core' leader and his interactions with other ruling elite are important in understanding Chinese politics, this book attempts to focus on the role of the party chief and how he could become the 'core' of the leadership. Xuezhi Guo provides the most detailed and comprehensive scrutiny of the 'core' of the Chinese Communist Party leadership and meticulously analyses the cultural, philosophical, and ideological origins as well as its evolution throughout the party's history. This study introduces an eclectic approach that integrates the most useful analytical perspectives and insights from Chinese political history, philosophy, and mainstream Western methodologies in order to explain the consistent patterns of elite politics and the behavior of the party's high-ranking leaders during times of cooperation and conflict from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping.

    • Provides the first full-length scholarly study of the Chinese paramount leader and the role of the 'core' leader in the Chinese Communist Party elite politics
    • Proposes an eclectic approach that facilitates interpretation of the 'core' leader in Chinese politics
    • Introduces a new direction of research and an alternative conceptual approach for the study of the 'core' leader and the Chinese Communist Party elite politics
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108480499
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theories, Culture, History, and Instititions:
    1. Research models, leadership politics, and succession
    2. Structural context in Chinese elite politics
    3. Traditional political thought and imperial legacy
    4. Ideology, organization, and party norms
    Part II. The Politics and Practice of the 'Core' Leader:
    5. Political groupings: commonalities, factions, and cliques
    6. Politics of the 'core' leader from Mao to XI
    7. The 'core' leader and elite politics in practice

  • Author

    Xuezhi Guo, Guilford College, North Carolina
    Xuezhi Guo is a Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Guilford College, North Carolina. He is the author of The Ideal Chinese Political Leader: A Historical and Cultural Perspective (2001) and China's Security State: Philosophy, Evolution, and Politics (Cambridge, 2012).

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