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

@article{Shirk2018ChinaIX,
  title={China in Xi’s “New Era”: The Return to Personalistic Rule},
  author={Susan L. Shirk},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  year={2018},
  volume={29},
  pages={22 - 36}
}
  • Susan L. Shirk
  • Published 10 April 2018
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Democracy
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