Fewsmith Publishes Article in China Leadership Monitor


Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, published a recent journal article on China’s 19th Party Congress and the subsequent sweeping changes in China’s leadership.

Fewsmith’s article, entitled “The 19th Party Congress: Ringing in Xi Jinping’s New Age,” was published on January 23, 2018 in The China Leadership Monitor.

From the text of the article:

The 19th Party Congress and the First Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee, immediately following the congress, endorsed sweeping changes in China’s leadership, including the makeup of the Politburo and its standing committee. The theme of the congress was “never forget the [party’s] original mission,” a theme emphasized when the new Politburo Standing Committee traveled to Shanghai to the site of the First Party Congress, held in 1921, and repeated oaths of loyalty to the party. The congress made clear that the party is in charge of China and Xi Jinping is in charge of the party. Xi Jinping’s name and “thought” were written into the party’s constitution, and Xi Jinping made clear that his “new age” was to be demarcated from Deng Xiaoping’s “new period.” A new, more centralized leadership emerged from the congress, presiding over what it clearly intends to be a more disciplined party.

Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University. He is the author or editor of eight books, including, most recently, The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China (January 2013). Fewsmith travels to China regularly and is active in the Association for Asian Studies and the American Political Science Association.