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The Dynamics of Elite Politics During the Jiang Era

In structural, functional, and normative respects, elite politics during Jiang Zemin’s era has become more rational, normal, and predictable. While Jiang himself probably deserves some credit, as this occurred on his watch, the causes of many of these positive changes in Chinese elite politics were largely systemic and autonomous in their origins.

David Shambaugh

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Director, China Policy Program - Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University


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