Master class:Chinese provincial leaders in the reform era:six cohorts
25 March 2013
In the literature on Chinese provincial leaders in the reform era, a critical link is missing. It is not clear the extent in which reform and opening policies have impacted on the recruitment patterns of provincial leaders. This lecture attempts to fill this void by classifying Chinese provincial leaders of the reform era into six distinctive groups. From 1979 to 2008, there are six cohorts of provincial leaders in China. They are old revolutionary guards, post-Cultural Revolution generation, Deng Xiaoping's lieutenants, Jiang Zemin's technocrats, Princeling provincial leaders, and Youth League cadres. Each cohort was recruited because of its historical circumstances and policy imperatives of the time.
Professor Bo Zhiyue
Professor Bo Zhiyue is a Visiting Professor at the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney and Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore. He obtained his Bachelor of Law and Master of Law from Peking University and PhD from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Peking University, Roosevelt University, the University of Chicago, American University, St John Fisher College, Tarleton State University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a recipient of the Trustees' Distinguished Scholar Award at St. John Fisher College and the inaugural holder of the Joe and Theresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University.
His research interests include China's elite politics, Chinese provincial leaders, central-local relations, cross-strait relations, and Sino-American relations. He is the author of a trilogy on Chinese political elites and elite politics: Chinese Provincial Leaders: Economic Performance and Political Mobility since 1949 (M. E. Sharpe, 2002); China's Elite Politics: Political Transition and Power Balancing (World Scientific, 2007); and China's Elite Politics: Governance and Democratization (World Scientific, 2010).