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Democracy Is a Good Thing: Essays on Politics, Society, and Culture in Contemporary China

Democracy Is a Good Thing: Essays on Politics, Society, and Culture in Contemporary China


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ISBN-13: 9780815796947
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 01/09/2009
Series: Thornton Center Chinese Thinkers Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 219
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Yu Keping is deputy director of the Compilation and Translation Bureau of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and a professor of politics at Peking University.

John L. Thornton is chairman of the board of trustees at the Brookings Institution and professor and director of Global Leadership at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Cheng Li, a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, is the editor of China's Changing Political Landscape (Brookings, 2008).

Table of Contents

Foreword John L. Thornton vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction Cheng Li xvii

Part I Political Development in Reform-Era China

1 Democracy Is a Good Thing 3

2 The Study of Political Science and Public Administration in China: An Overview 6

3 The Seventeenth Party Congress and the Agenda for China's Political Reforms 27

Part II Social Transformation and Civil Society

4 China's Civil Society: Conceptual Definitions, Types, and Background 37

5 The Characteristics of Chinese Civil Society: Administrative Regulations and Institutional Environment 52

6 Civil Society Organizations: Challenges and Responses 75

Part III Culture, Modernity, and Sustainability

7 Culture and Modernity in the Chinese Intellectual Discourse: A Historical Perspective 93

8 The Transformation of Chinese Culture since the Launching of Reform: A Historical Perspective 113

9 China's Economic Modernization and Sustainability 134

10 Harmony between Man and Nature: China's Environmental Practices and Challenges 140

Part IV Globalization and Governance

11 Preserving China's Autonomy in the Era of Globalization 149

12 Federalism in Modern China: Concepts and Experiments 157

13 A Harmonious World and Global Governance: A Chinese Perspective 168

Notes 181

Further Reading: The Writings of Yu Keping 199

Index 207

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