University Education, Party Seniority, and Elite Recruitment in China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-75
Journal / PublicationSocial Science Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001


Pathways to power are a fundamental research question in political sociology and comparative mobility research. Relying on a data set on top Chinese leaders (N = 1,664) in the government's system and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), I examine the effect of university education and CCP seniority on elite recruitment in the post-Mao era. I develop a dual career path model and show that educational credentials and CCP seniority are weighed differently in leadership selection and that elite dualism is a better framework for elite studies than technocracy. I also discuss implications for elite studies in the West. © 2001 Academic Press.

Research Area(s)

  • China, Education, Elite, Leadership selection