Since Xi Jinping became General Secretary of the CCP in 2012, much attention has been paid to his steady accumulation of power. A parallel trend has received much less attention: the revival and strengthening of the CCP’s Leninist traditions. This Leninist revival is manifest in several ways, including the creation of party organizations in private enterprises and civil society organizations. In this talk, Bruce Dickson will discuss the CCP’s Leninist revival, based on his recently published book, The Party and the People: Chinese Politics in the 21st Century (Princeton 2021).
About the Speaker
Bruce J. Dickson is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. His research and teaching focus on political dynamics in China, especially the adaptability of the Chinese Communist Party and the regime it governs. His most recent book is The Party and the People: Chinese Politics in the 21st Century (Princeton, 2021). His previous publications include The Dictator's Dilemma: The Chinese Communist Party's Strategy for Survival (Oxford Univ. Pr., 2016), Allies of the State: Democratic Support and Regime Support among China’s Private Entrepreneurs (Harvard Univ. Pr., 2010), with Jie Chen, Wealth into Power: The Communist Party's Embrace of China's Private Sector (Cambridge Univ. Pr., 2008), and Red Capitalists in China: The Party, Private Entrepreneurs, and Prospects for Political Change (Cambridge Univ. Pr., 2003). Professor Dickson's articles have appeared in Asian Survey, China Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Democracy, National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, and Political Science Quarterly. He is a frequent commentator on political developments in China and Taiwan and on U.S.-China relations, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, BBC, and VOA. Professor Dickson received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.
About the Chair
Manoranjan Mohanty is a founding member of the Institute of Chinese Studies, its former Chairperson, and currently its Emeritus Fellow. A former Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi, he is a social scientist, China scholar and a peace and human rights activist with theoretical as well as empirical research interest in the study of China, India and global transformation. He has done extensive research on modern China including the Chinese Revolution and the political economy of the People’s Republic and has done a number of national and international research projects leading to several edited volumes. Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty’s publication, China’s Transformation: The Success Story and the Success Trap (Sage: 2018) is based on a thirty-year study of China’s reforms with focus on Wuxi. He has also edited China at a Turning Point: Perspectives after the Nineteenth Party Congress (Pentagon Press: 2019).
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