Date of Award
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Suisheng Zhao, Ph.D.
Authority, China, Chinese Communist Party
This paper examines how authority in China has changed from personal, rooted in a leader’s connections, to institutional, rooted in a leader’s position or job. This paper examines two cases, that of Jiang Zemin and the Yang brothers and that of Wen Jiabao and the Wenchuan earthquake, to show how authority is shifted. The examination of these cases reveals that while personal authority routinely was more important than institutional authority leaders with personal authority have died out and not been replaced. Because of China’s recent history, there was no opportunity for new leaders to build up the personal authority of their predecessors. Therefore, when older leaders with personal authority died, institutional authority became more important.
Davis, Daniel Bruno, "Changing Authority in the Chinese Communist Party" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 155.
Received from ProQuest
Daniel Bruno Davis