Politics in China: An Introduction

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Overview


Sixty years ago, China was one of the poorest countries in the world, populated mostly by rural peasants, and still suffering from more than a century of internal turmoil and international humiliation. Today, China is a rapidly modernizing economic dynamo with growing global influence. Politics in China is an authoritative introduction to how this transformation occurred, and how China is governed today. Written by an international team of highly-regarded China scholars, each chapter offers an accessible overview of a key topic in Chinese politics. The opening section provides readers with a firm grounding in China's modern political history, from the fall of the last imperial dynasty through era of communist rule under Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and their successors. The next section covers the political system, with chapters on Communist Party ideology, the structure of the political system, and the policies behind the country's spectacular economic performance. The book then focuses on several major issues in China today: politics in the countryside and the cities; the arts; the environment; public health; and population policy. The final chapters cover politics in four important areas located on China's geographic periphery: Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Comprehensive and fully up to date in its coverage, Politics in China is essential not only for students studying contemporary China, but for any reader interested in learning how this rising power has evolved in recent times and the workings of its current political system.

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"If this reviewer were teaching a survey course on China, he would probably adopt this as a required text...The contributors are all well qualified. Materials are current and presented clearly with a minimum of jargon...Summing Up: Recommended."—CHOICE

"...both a useful 'introduction' to Chinese politics (as it is modestly subtitled) and 'unique book', as William A. Joseph contends more boldly in his preface. It is useful because it provides a quite comprehensive and up-to-date overview of nearly every dimension of Chinese politics that one might deem pertinent, yet it is also unique (or at least unusual) in at least two respects. First, its coverage is really quite comprehensive, ranging from the Guangxu emperor to Hu Jintao and his likely successor Xi Jinping, and from public health and the environmental crisis to the future of electoral democracy in Hong Kong. Second, the selection of contributing chapter writers is excellent: thus, we have Keith Schoppa on the fall of the Qing, Frederick Teiwes on the Maoist era, Tyrene Whyte on population planning, Robert Barnett on Tibet, David Zweig on political economy, Richard Kraus on the arts, Shelley Rigger on Taiwan, and so forth."—The China Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195335316
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/23/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Joseph is Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and an Associate in Research of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Abbreviations xiii

Contributors xv

1 Studying Chinese Politics William A. Joseph 3

Part I The Political History of Modern China

2 From Empire to People's Republic R. Keith Schoppa 37

3 Mao Zedong in Power (1949-1976) Frederick C. Teiwes 63

4 Deng Xiaoping and His Successors (1976 to the present) Bruce Gilley 103

Part II Ideology, Governance, and Political Economy

5 Ideology and Chinese Politics William A. Joseph 129

6 China's Communist Party-State: The Structure and Dynamics of Power Cheng Li 165

7 China's Political Economy David Zweig 192

Part III Politics and Policy in Action

8 Rural China: Reform and Resistance John James Kennedy 225

9 Urban China: Change and Contention William Hurst 250

10 Policy Case Study: The Arts Richard Curt Kraus 269

11 Policy Case Study: The Environment Katharine Morton 278

12 Policy Case Study: Public Health Joan Kaufman 288

13 Policy Case Study: Population Tyrene White 298

Part IV Politics on China's Periphery

14 Tibet Robert Barnett 315

15 Xinjiang Gardner Bovingdon 336

16 Hong Kong Sonny Shiu-hing Lo 355

17 Taiwan Shelley Rigger 367

Timeline of Modern Chinese Political History 383

Glossary 389

Index 425

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