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Title: Xi Jinping's rise and political implications
Authors: Yongnian, Z. 
Gang, C. 
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Citation: Yongnian, Z.,Gang, C. (2009-03). Xi Jinping's rise and political implications. China: An International Journal 7 (1) : 1-30. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: With his special background and unique experiences, examination of Xi Jinping's rise as potential top leader provides some hints in the analysis of current Chinese elite politics. Recounting Xi's elevation and how the Chinese Communist Party handles power succession under Hu Jintao's leadership, this paper aims to assess whether, and to what degree, the selection of top leaders is being institutionalised. It is argued that although factional politics is evident in China, they differ from traditional power succession and must be conducted in the newly-emerging formal and informal institutions that prevent overwhelming domination of one faction, encourage factional accommodation and thus reduce serious power struggles. Building on the so-called intra-party democracy in recent years is a part of the effort to institutionalise elite politics. Xi's princeling background shows that family connections are still important for political careers in China, but his clean reputation and governing experiences in both rich and poor regions also suggest that the Party's efforts to institutionalise its elite management system has made cadres' promotions more related to their performance and merits. © China: An International Journal.
Source Title: China: An International Journal
ISSN: 02197472
DOI: 10.1142/S0219747209000235
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