Technical training, sponsored mobility, and functional differentiation : Elite formation in China in the reform era

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-57
Journal / PublicationCommunist and Post-Communist Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006


Elite formation in state socialism is a key issue in both comparative mobility research and political sociology. Several perspectives have been proposed to explain the relative role of political loyalty and education in political mobility: A dual career path model, a party-sponsored mobility hypothesis, and a technocracy thesis. I propose an alternative approach, emphasizing the role of functional differentiation and its effect on elite recruitment in China. Using a data set on top Chinese leaders (n = 1588), I find that effects of political loyalty and technical training on elite recruitment are patterned by institutional arrangements. Data analysis supports my explanation of elite selection in China. © 2006 The Regents of the University of California. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • China, Elite recruitment, Institutions, Leadership selection