Elite Dualism and Leadership Selection in China

By Xiaowei Zang

© 2003 – Routledge

264 pages

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Hardback: 9780415322348
pub: 2003-10-23
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About the Book

Who are the top political leaders in China? What are the major criteria in elite recruitment? How is job promotion in high politics determined? By studying over one and a half thousand top political Chinese leaders, this book seeks to answer these questions and, as a result, defines how Chinese leadership is stratified. Unlike existing research on Chinese leaders, Elite Dualism and Leadership Selection in China draws on extensive statistical information and data analysis. It evidences how political development in the reform era has led to the division of labour between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the government in governance, leading to two distinctive career paths in the two political systems respectively. Key issues examined include:

* the different criteria the CCP and the government demand

* the requirements for promotion

* the effect of university education on the rate of mobility

* the different affiliations of the two groups

* the role of cooptation in leadership selection.

Many of the elites discussed are still leading figures in China, making this book the most up-to-date and extensive biographical data set in elite studies. This allows for a meaningful analysis of elite behaviour in China for the first time in Chinese Studies. This book will be useful to both students of Chinese studies and comparative politics and will also interest researchers, political commentators, statesmen and China-watchers.


'There is much to recommend this text. It is clearly written and combines a thoughtful use of statistical measures with methodological innovation.' - China Information

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. An Institutional Explanation of Elite Dualism in China 3. Dualism in Historical Perspectives 4. The Cultural Revolution and the Leadership Transition in the Reform Era 5. Dualism and Job Assignment 6. Dualism and Promotion 7. Dualism and Mobility Rates 8. Dualism and Career Histories 9. Dualism and Cooptation 10. Dualism and the Political Elite in China

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General