The Politics of the Core Leader in China
The desire for the 'core' leader
has been imbedded in the ruling philosophy of the Chinese Communist Party. As the role of the 'core' leader and his interactions
with other ruling elite are important in understanding Chinese politics, this book attempts to focus on the role of the party
chief and how he could become the 'core' of the leadership. Xuezhi Guo provides the most detailed and comprehensive scrutiny
of the 'core' of the Chinese Communist Party leadership and meticulously analyses the cultural, philosophical, and ideological
origins as well as its evolution throughout the party's history. This study introduces an eclectic approach that integrates
the most useful analytical perspectives and insights from Chinese political history, philosophy, and mainstream Western methodologies
in order to explain the consistent patterns of elite politics and the behavior of the party's high-ranking leaders during
times of cooperation and conflict from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping.
Introduction; Part I. Theories, Culture, History,
and Instititions: 1. Research models, leadership politics, and succession; 2. Structural context in Chinese elite politics;
3. Traditional political thought and imperial legacy; 4. Ideology, organization, and party norms; Part II. The Politics and
Practice of the 'Core' Leader: 5. Political groupings: commonalities, factions, and cliques; 6. Politics of the 'core' leader
from Mao to XI; 7. The 'core' leader and elite politics in practice; Conclusion.
This is the first full-length scholarly
study of the Chinese 'core' leader and his role in the Chinese Communist Party's elite politics.