Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping [NOOK Book]

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With unique access to Chinese leaders at all levels of the party and government, best-selling author David M. Lampton tells the story of China?s political elites from their own perspectives. Based on over five hundred interviews, Following the Leader offers a rare glimpse into how the attitudes and ideas of those at the top have evolved over the past four decades. Here China?s rulers explain their strategies and ideas for moving the nation forward, share their reflections on matters of leadership and policy, and ...
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Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping

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Overview

With unique access to Chinese leaders at all levels of the party and government, best-selling author David M. Lampton tells the story of China’s political elites from their own perspectives. Based on over five hundred interviews, Following the Leader offers a rare glimpse into how the attitudes and ideas of those at the top have evolved over the past four decades. Here China’s rulers explain their strategies and ideas for moving the nation forward, share their reflections on matters of leadership and policy, and discuss the challenges that keep them awake at night.

As the Chinese Communist Party installs its new president, Xi Jinping, for a presumably ten-year term, questions abound. How will the country move forward as its explosive rate of economic growth begins to slow? How does it plan to deal with domestic and international calls for political reform and to cope with an aging population, not to mention an increasingly fragmented bureaucracy and society? In this insightful book we learn how China’s leaders see the nation’s political future, as well as about its global strategic influence.
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Library Journal
03/15/2014
What do the leaders of China think about the changes and challenges that their country has faced since the death of Mao Zedong? From 1971 to 2013, Lampton (China studies, Johns Hopkins Sch. of Advanced International Studies; The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds) has conducted over 500 interviews with Chinese leaders at various levels, both inside and outside of government. These discussions form the foundation of this work, which provides an exceptional explanation of the astounding changes that China has experienced, especially since the late 1970s, and offers a sober assessment of the challenges the nation currently faces. Readers will learn how policy is made, the nature of civil-military relations, how China views its place in the world, what keeps the country's leaders up at night, and more. (For a work that provides an equally realistic view but focuses more exclusively on China's external relations see David Shambaugh's China Goes Global: The Partial Power.) VERDICT This important work on understanding contemporary China is essential for all China watchers. Its concise and lucid treatment of the topic will serve as valuable reading to experts and novices alike.—Joshua Wallace, South Texas Coll. Lib., McAllen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520957398
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/3/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 331,172
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

David M. Lampton is Professor of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Director of China Studies at SAIS. Former President of the National Committee on United States–China Relations, he was the inaugural winner of the Scalapino Prize (2010). His books include The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (2008), Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989–2000 (2001), and The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform (2001).
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Evolution in the Revolution
Part One. China, a Wide-Angle View
2. Governance and Leadership
3. Policy Making
4. The World
Part Two. China, an Up-Close View
5. Nightmares
6. Soldiers and Civilians
7. Negotiation Chinese Style

Conclusion: Driving beyond the Headlights
Appendix: The Interviews and Interviewing in China
Notes
Index
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