Institutionalization of the authoritarian leadership in China: a power succession system with Chinese characteristics?

@article{Zeng2014InstitutionalizationOT,
  title={Institutionalization of the authoritarian leadership in China: a power succession system with Chinese characteristics?},
  author={Jinghan Zeng},
  journal={Contemporary Politics},
  year={2014},
  volume={20},
  pages={294 - 314}
}
  • J. Zeng
  • Published 25 June 2014
  • Political Science
  • Contemporary Politics
To transfer power successfully at the top and prevent a leadership split during this process has always been extremely challenging for authoritarian regimes. Yet, power succession in China has demonstrated a high degree of stability in the past two decades. How did the authoritarian regime in China perform its leadership transition in an orderly and smooth manner? This paper argues that 30 years of institutionalization has resulted in the development of a power succession system with Chinese… 

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