Alumni (National Fellow)

Xuezhi Guo

National Fellow
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2002)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Lowell Dittmer
Univ. of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Political Science
Fields of Interest:
International Relations
Political Science
Region: China
Social Issues


George Guo is a professor of political science and department chair at Guilford University. He specializes in comparative politics, international politics, East Asian politics, and comparative political thought.

Thesis Description:

The Guanxi (Interpersonal Relations) of Chinese Communist Elite: Theory and Practice
Guo constructed his dissertation around the model of guanxi, an ideal which has deep cultural roots embedded in Chinese philosophy and thought as well as the inspired ideal personality which is preoccupied with a man-centered social system and ethic-oriented social norms. His dissertation, “The Guanxi (Interpersonal Relations) of Chinese Communist Elite: Theory and Practice,” established a theoretical model of guanxi in Chinese interactions as exemplified in a study of Chinese Communist Party elite politics. While guanxi is used as an instrument to acquire social resources or political advantages, Guo argued that it also functions as a social norm to comply with social rituals, as a vehicle for communicating emotional attachments, and as a moral obligation to uphold mutual dependence and to ensure mutual stability between people within their networks. In this respect, Guo fundamentally disagreed with the prevalent view of guanxi as consisting only of cunning tactics for pursuing individual personal interests.

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