Eric Li has a well-deserved reputation as an insightful analyst, pugnacious provocateur, and engaging author who enjoys vigorous debate. In this book-length brief on Xi Jinping’s Party-led China, his objective is to challenge American and Western readers by making the case for China. Specifically, his central claim is that in the twenty-first century competition between China and the United States, Xi’s Party-led autocracy (Li would dispute this characterization) will outperform Western democracies in delivering what citizens care about most.
Allison, Graham. "Foreward." Party Life: Chinese Governance and the World Beyond Liberalism by Eric Li. Springer, 2023, v-viii.