Factionalism in Chinese Communist Politics

Factionalism in Chinese Communist Politics

by Jing Huang
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052103258X

ISBN-13: 9780521032582

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Although factionalism has widely been recognized as a critical part of Chinese Communist Party politics, it has, more often than not, been explained as simply an expression of power grabbing. Huang (political science, Utah State U.) argues that it is a much more complicated phenomenon. Tracing the roots of factionalism to the various power bases controlled by

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Although factionalism has widely been recognized as a critical part of Chinese Communist Party politics, it has, more often than not, been explained as simply an expression of power grabbing. Huang (political science, Utah State U.) argues that it is a much more complicated phenomenon. Tracing the roots of factionalism to the various power bases controlled by guerilla leaders during the communist revolution, he explores how factionalism was affected by various policy agendas and vice versa. He also explains such events as the Cultural Revolution and Deng Xiaoping's rise to power as expressions of factional politics. Factionalism plays such a powerful part of Chinese politics, he contends, because of the highly personalized relationship between political contenders and their followers, a barely institutionalized political process, and uncertain rules of decision making. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521032582
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Cambridge Modern China Series
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables; Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Factionalism, the puzzle of Chinese communist politics; 2. Factionalism and the political system in China; 3. The establishment of the Yan'an round table; 4. The transition of the Yan'an round table; 5. Crises in leadership relations with the two-front arrangement; 6. The collapse of the Yan'an round table and the unleashing of factionalism; 7. Deng Xiaoping's dominance: factionalism prevails over the party spirit; 8. Conclusion; Selected bibliography; Index.

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