Fewsmith Expounds Findings of “Rethinking Chinese Politics“
Up until a couple of years ago, most observers viewed the Chinese political system as institutionalized; party leaders would serve two terms and another party leader who had been named at the previous party congress would take their place. Professor Fewsmith breaks from this notion and explains Xi Jinping’s political maneuvering.
Fewsmith Cited on Evolution of Elite Chinese Politics
Many have considered institutionalization as the key to China’s political stability at the elite level since the 1980s. However, Professor Fewsmith believes otherwise.
Fewsmith Publishes “Forging Leninism in China“
Professor Fewsmith demonstrates how the Chinese Communist Party reshaped itself to become far more violent, more hierarchical, and more militarized during the Chinese revolution and ensuing CCP transformation from 1927 to 1934.
Fewsmith Offers Thoughts on CCP’s 6th Plenum During Hoover Institution Panel
Professor Fewsmith joined fellow experts in unpacking the significance of the 6th Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress and what lies ahead for Xi Jinping and China.
Fewsmith Offers Insights From Latest Book in CLM Interview
From Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping, Professor Fewsmith breaks down the political power structure in China and how power in China cannot be passed from one leader to another institutionally; it is necessary for each leader to build his own support.
Fewsmith Delivers Lecture Outlining Findings of His New Book
During a CSA hosted lecture, Professor Fewsmith discussed how people gain positions and consolidate power in Chinese politics and tracks the rise of President Xi Jinping.
Fewsmith Publishes Article on China’s Balances, Norms, and Institutions
“A close look at the four leaders of China since 1978 reveal that institutions have remained weak. Of much greater importance have been balances that reflect the informal distribution of power and norms that express agreed-upon Party procedures.”
Fewsmith Discusses Latest Book During CSIS Book Talk
In Rethinking Chinese Politics, Professor Fewsmith shows how the structure of politics in China has set the stage for intense and sometimes violent intra-elite struggles, shaping a hierarchy in which one person tends to dominate, and, ironically, providing for periods of stability between intervals of contention.
Fewsmith Discusses Latest Book on CSIS Podcast
Professor Fewsmith discusses elements explored in Rethinking Chines Politics, including the structure of Chinese politics, the importance of leaders and leadership politics, and the trend of centralizing governing power.
Fewsmith Publishes “Rethinking Chinese Politics“
Tracing four decades of elite politics, Fewsmith’s new book focuses on how people gain positions and consolidate power. His conclusions challenge much of the literature on authoritarian systems in general and on China in particular.
Fewsmith Gives Talk at SOAS on Rethinking Chinese Politics
Prof. Joseph Fewsmith spoke at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.