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February 24, 2020

Perspectives on Politics Praises Book

Perspectives on Politics, the official venue of the American Political Science Association for book review, published a review on Professor of Political Science George Guo’s new book, The Politics of the Core Leader in China: Culture, Institution, Legitimacy, and Power (Cambridge University Press, 2019), in its latest version.(Volume 18, Issue 1, March 2020)

In the review, Christopher Carothers at Stanford University commends that the book "is a timely and useful study" that proposes a conceptual framework regarding China’s political system infused with Confucian and Communist traditions. According to Carothers, this book's conceptual framework for elite Chinese politics "provides both a ready-made answer to the question of why Xi has become such a powerful leader and the historical context for understanding such a development."

Carothers recommends that China scholars read and engage with the book's study for two reasons. "First, it is chock-full of useful information and analysis on everything from the ancient origins of the mentor system to the political behavior of princelings. Second and more importantly, Guo’s framework for understanding elite Chinese politics articulates a real and influential — though far from the only — perspective on leadership in Chinese political thought. In sum, this book makes a contribution but also leaves room for further penetrating research on the topic of elite Chinese politics."

Perspectives on Politics is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal covering political science. It seeks to provide a space for broad and synthetic discussion within the political science profession and between the profession and the broader scholarly and reading publics. The book review in Perspectives on Politics has centered on the four main subfields of Political Science: political theory, American politics, comparative politics, and international relations.

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