China in Xi’s “New Era”: The Return to Personalistic Rule

  title={China in Xi’s “New Era”: The Return to Personalistic Rule},
  author={Susan L. Shirk},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={22 - 36}
  • Susan L. Shirk
  • Published 2018
  • Economics
  • Journal of Democracy
  • Abstract:After Mao Zedong died, Deng Xiaoping and his colleagues sought to prevent “the overconcentration of power” by introducing fixed terms of office, term limits, and a mandatory retirement age; delegating authority from the Communist Party to government agencies; and holding regular meetings of Party institutions. All these moves were designed to decentralize authority, regularize political life and check dictatorial power. The centerpiece of the institutionalization project was the… CONTINUE READING
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