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Xi Jinping

Political Career, Governance, and Leadership, 1953-2018

Gebonden Engels 2022 9780197615225
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Xi Jinping has proven to be one of the most transformative political leaders of the twenty-first century. After a long career that began at the village level, he became General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and China's paramount leader in 2012. Few expected what would come next: a sweeping restructuring of China's political economy and political culture which included anti-corruption campaigns against the Party, and a full recalibration of China's relations with the outside world. In Xi Jinping, Alfred L. Chan offers a comprehensive account of his life and times.

Chan discusses Xi's early years as a "princeling" and his ordeal during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution. Xi's privileged childhood was shattered during his youth when he was mercilessly tormented as a counter-revolutionary, declared a juvenile delinquent and pauper, ultimately becoming an ordinary peasant. But he clawed his way back up a ladder of success reflecting the changing zeitgeist of the times. He entered politics at age seventeen and accumulated administrative experiences at the county and provincial levels. Chan documents Xi's long path upward through the system, revealing how he built a reputation as an astute leader and a corruption fighter.

The second half of the book focuses on the post-2012 period, and Chan pays particular attention to the context surrounding Xi's governance once he consolidated power. He makes clear that Xi's core guiding principle has been Leninism, which prioritizes disciplined party rule above all else. Throughout, Chan applies a range of social scientific theories drawn from comparative politics, international relations theory, public policy, and theories of governance to explain policymaking during an era of turbulent changes. Sweeping in scope and addressing virtually every aspect of Xi's life, this study will be essential for anyone seeking to understand not just Xi himself, but the overlapping global and domestic political contexts that shaped his career and style of rule.


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1. Introduction

Part I: Xi Jinping's Path to the Top
2. Childhood and Youth: Privilege and Trauma (1953-1979)
3. Early Career: Central Military Commission (1979-1982) and Zhengding County (1983-1985)
4. Seventeen Years in Fujian (1985-2002)
5. Governing Zhejiang (2002-2007)
6. The Shanghai Interlude and Political Succession at the Seventeenth Party
Congress (2007)
7. The Trial of the Heir Presumptive and Crisis Management (2007-2012)
8. The Eighteenth Party Congress (2012) and the Politics of Succession

Part II: Xi Jinping's First Term as General Secretary: Power and Policy in Turbulent Times (2012-2017)
9. Consolidation of Power, Image Building, and Disciplining the Party-State and Society
10. Economic Revival, Social Development, and the Search for a New Development Model
11. Reforming the Military and the Recalibration of Foreign Relations
12. The Nineteenth Party Congress: Personnel and Policy Changes (October 2017)
13. The Thirteenth National People's Congress (March 2018) and Administrative Reform
14. Conclusion

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