Fewsmith Discusses Latest Book on CSIS Podcast

Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, appeared on the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) “Pekingology” podcast to discuss his latest book Rethinking Chinese Politicswhich was published in June 2021. 

Fewsmith joined host Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS, to discuss different element explored in Rethinking Chines Politics, including the structure of Chinese politics, the importance of leaders and leadership politics, how leadership has changed from President Mao Zedong to Xi Jingping, and the trend of centralizing governing power. Fewsmith argues that, as in all Leninist systems, political power in China is difficult to pass on from one leader to the next, and it is clear that each Chinese president since Mao has established their own power politics within the party landscape. 

The full podcast can be listened to below.

For more on Rethinking Chinese Politics, read the Pardee School’s post on the book.

Joseph Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies 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). Read more about Professor Fewsmith on his faculty profile.