Joel Andreas, Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China's New Class

Author
Thomas P. Bernstein
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
125
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Summer 2010
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
Joel Andreas has written a very fine analysis of the emergence of China's current ruling group, which to a remarkable extent consists of engineers. Eight out of nine members of the Politburo Standing Committee fall into this category. Andreas traces the convoluted, protracted, and conflictual process that resulted in this outcome. He compares the Chinese to the Soviet case, showing that there, too, Soviet leaders also came to be composed largely of engineers, as exemplified, for instance, by the ruling group of the Leonid Brezhnev period. But in the Soviet case, the process, while also difficult, did not give rise to similar degrees of conflict.
Political Geography
China