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A 1956 analysis of the significant data available on the elite governed Mainland China and dominated its public life since 1949. Part I attempts to explain the nature and exercise of power and the role of leadership in Communist China. Part II deals with individual members of the elite and the types of careers they have had.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation research memorandum series. The Research Memorandum was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1973 that represented working papers meant to report current results of RAND research to appropriate audiences.

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