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POWER TO XI: HOW XI JINPING CONSOLIDATED POLITICAL POWER IN THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

dc.contributor.advisorGlosny, Michael A.
dc.contributor.authorRamirez, Phillip M.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.contributor.secondreaderTwomey, Christopher P.
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-08T23:49:45Z
dc.date.available2019-08-08T23:49:45Z
dc.date.issued2019-06
dc.description.abstractIn March 2018, the Chinese National People’s Congress voted to abolish presidential term limits, paving the way for Chinese President Xi Jinping to rule the country indefinitely. This decision was but one part of a broader trend of power centralization taking place within the People’s Republic of China. Driven by Xi’s desire to centralize power in himself and in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), this trend has reversed the institutionalization of several rules and norms in Chinese politics, begging the question: How exactly was Xi able to overcome decades of momentum to bring about significant changes within the Chinese political system? In this thesis, I test two possible explanations for Xi’s success. First, I examine the possibility that Xi leveraged a strong desire among many members of the CCP to restart political and economic reforms within the country in order to persuade the party to back his political changes. Second, I test the idea that Xi has paved the way for his changes in the political sphere by using his anti-corruption campaign to purge political opponents from the CCP and to silence others. Using the best available evidence, I conclude that the preponderance of evidence indicates that Xi utilized both these methods to strengthen his personal power and reverse the trend of institutionalization in the Chinese political system, but the changes Xi has brought to the Chinese political system could not have been possible without the support of the CCP as a whole.en_US
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dc.description.serviceEnsign, United States Navyen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/powertoxihowxiji1094562804
dc.identifier.thesisid31677
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/62804
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorPeople's Republic of Chinaen_US
dc.subject.authorCommunist Party of Chinaen_US
dc.subject.authorpoliticsen_US
dc.subject.authorinstitutionsen_US
dc.subject.authorXi Jinpingen_US
dc.titlePOWER TO XI: HOW XI JINPING CONSOLIDATED POLITICAL POWER IN THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINAen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Far East, Southeast Asia, the Pacific)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Far East, Southeast Asia, the Pacific)en_US
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