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

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Cambridge University Press, May 9, 2019 - History - 434 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Research Models Leadership Politics and Succession
29
Figures
30
Structural Context in Chinese Elite Politics
80
Traditional Political Thought and Imperial Legacy 118 163
118
Ideology Organization and Party Norms
195
Commonalities Factions and Cliques
207
Politics of the Core Leader from Mao to Xi 281 329
281
The Core Leader and Elite Politics in Practice
337
Conclusion
388
Select Bibliography
397
Index
414
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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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