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Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 305–306 | Cite as

Liang Qiao, Political Mobility of Chinese Regional Leaders: Performance, Preference, Promotion

(New York: Routledge Contemporary China Series, 2018), 185p. $108 hardcover; $56 e-book.
  • Hok Wong Cheung
Book Review

In Political Mobility of Chinese Regional Leaders, Liang Qiao analyzes political careers among regional leaders in contemporary China. This book fills a research gap since most academic discussions focus on central government, or central-local relations. Meanwhile, the successful administration of the CCP depends heavily on the performance of regional elites given its large territory with 1.4 billion people. The research questions that Qiao asks are: 1) What are the patterns of political mobility for regional elites in post-Deng China? 2) What are the factors that determine elite mobility? 3) How have political mobility issues influenced leaders’ decision making? The author argues that these outcomes can explain political phenomena in contemporary China.

Based on data from government documents, reports, websites and open sources, Liang framed his research questions into these hypothesis: a) In terms of promotion, professional experiences and personal connections are greater advantages...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Social SciencesHong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina

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