Factionalism in Chinese Communist Politics

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Factionalism is widely understood to be one of the distinguishing characteristics of Chinese politics. In this book Jing Huang examines the role of factionalism in leadership relations and policy making. His detailed knowledge of intra-Party politics offers scholars and students a new understanding of long-disputed struggles behind the walls of leadership in Zhongnanhai." "Huang traces the development of factional politics from its roots in the various "mountaintops", or power bases headed by guerrilla leaders during the communist revolution, and describes the enduring impact of the personal bonds formed between Mao and his supporters at the Yan'an Round Table. He explains how factionalism led to Mao's unleashing of the Cultural Revolution, and how Deng Xiaoping manipulated factionalism to orchestrate his rise to power.
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"Huang's provocative and penetrating book focuses on the role of factionalism in leadership relations and policy making. Huang (Utah State Univ.) cogently argues that factionalism may promote progress toward a more open and pluralistic system. . . . Strongly recommended." Choice

"The internal working of non-institutionalized politicial system are always at once fascinating and impenetrable. Where the political system under analysis is a major Communist Party state, the newsworthiness, as well as the intellectual puzzle, is clearly enhanced...It is interesting, though, to read" THE CHINA JOURNAL

"Jing Huang's Fractionalism in Chinese Communist Politics is an excellent work of political science." American Journal of Chinese studies

"Jing Huang has written a significant book...The book is supported by high-quality maps, graphs and tables. It offers an informed, thorough and insightful examination of regional development in China. Editing a monograph is a challenging undertaking and Li and Tang should be congratulated for their successful efforts. I highly recommend this book to students and scholars of urban and regional development in China." Pacific Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521032582
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • 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
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Factionalism, the Puzzle of Chinese Communist Politics 26
2 Factionalism and the Political System in China 55
3 The Establishment of the Yan'an Round Table 107
4 The Transition of the Yan'an Round Table 159
5 Crises in Leadership Relations with the Two-Front Arrangement 211
6 The Collapse of the Yan'an Round Table and the Unleashing of Factionalism 267
7 Deng Xiaoping's Dominance: Factionalism Prevails over the Party Spirit 350
8 Conclusion 411
Selected Bibliography 429
Index 441
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