The politics of the core leader in China : culture, institution, legitimacy, and power /
Xuezhi Guo.
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
xiii, 423 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
1108480497, 9781108480499
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Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
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Theories, culture, history, and instititions -- Research models, leadership politics, and succession -- Structural context in Chinese elite politics -- Taditional political thought and imperial legacy -- Ideology, organization, and party -- The politics and practice of the "core" leader -- Political groupings : commonalities, factions, and cliques -- Politics of the "core" leader from Mao to Xi -- The "core" leader and elite politics in practice.
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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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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