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Elizabeth C. Economy, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State

(New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018), 343p. hardcover; $18.39 ISBN-13: 978–0190866075.
  • Baogang GuoEmail author
Book Review

This book is a timely assessment of the recent political development in China under a strong Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Economy’s characterization of the new programs and new policies initiated by Xi’s new state as “the third revolution” is indeed eye-catching. She tries to make a strong case for making these significant changes on par with the first revolution accomplished by Mao Zedong and the second revolution undertook under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping. However, the revolution is not perceived entirely in positive terms. Quite contrary, some of these changes are portrayed as a step back towards the traditional authoritarian rule. On the international front, Xi’s new policies were pigeon-holed as an illiberal state seeking leadership in a liberal world order as well (p. 17). Consequently, the author calls for U.S. policy makers to identify Xi’s third revolution as a challenging model of behaviors at home and abroad, and to make necessary policy adjustment accordingly (p. 233).

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© Journal of Chinese Political Science/Association of Chinese Political Studies 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences, School of Liberal ArtsDalton State CollegeDaltonUSA

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