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Chinese Politics and Government: Power, Ideology and Organization



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Over the past two decades, China's political reforms, open-door policy, dramatic economic growth, and increasingly assertive foreign policy have had an unprecedented regional and global impact. This introductory textbook provides students with a fundamental understanding of government and politics in China as well as the conceptual ability to explore the general patterns, impacts, and nature of continuities and changes in Chinese politics. Further, it equips students with analytical frameworks by which they can understand, analyse and evaluate the major issues in Chinese politics, including: The basic methodologies and theoretical controversies in the study of Chinese politics. The major dimensions, structures, processes, functions and characteristics of the Chinese political system, such as ideology, politics, law, society, economy, and foreign policy. The impact of power, ideology, and organization on different spheres of Chinese society. The structure, process, and factors in Chinese foreign policy making. Whether China is a "strategic partner" or "potential threat" to the United States. By examining contending theoretical models in the study of Chinese politics, this book combines an essentialist approach that keeps focus on the fundamental, unique and defining features of Chinese politics and government with other theoretical approaches or analytical models which reveal and explore the complexities inherent in the Chinese political system. Extensively illustrated, the textbook includes maps, photographs and diagrams, as well as providing questions for class discussions and suggestions for further reading. Written by an experienced academic with working knowledge of the Chinese Government, this textbook will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of Chinese Politics.

Author Biography

Sujian Guo is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Center for U.S.-China Policy Studies at San Francisco State University, USA. Concurrently, he is a distinguished Professor of Fudan University, Associate Dean of the Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, PRC, and a Chair Professor of Zhejiang University, PRC.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. vii
Introducing Chinese politicsp. 1
Chinese politics in comparative communist systemsp. 3
Theoretical models for studying Chinese politicsp. 12
Land and peoplep. 33
Shaping forces of Chinese state-making, political culture, and political traditionp. 35
Traditional Chinese culture and Confucianismp. 47
Political developmentp. 57
The collapse of the imperial state and the communist road to powerp. 59
The making of the new communist state and the post-Mao transitionp. 74
Political ideologyp. 89
Marxism-Leninism and Chinese political ideologyp. 91
Ideological modifications in post-Mao Chinap. 109
Political institutionsp. 129
The party-state structure of Chinese governmentp. 131
Political development in post-Mao Chinap. 152
The Chinese legal and legislative systemsp. 167
The Chinese legal and legislative systemsp. 169
Legal and legislative reforms in post-Mao Chinap. 179
Chinese societyp. 199
Chinese social structure and state-society relationsp. 201
Social changes and state-society relations in post-Mao Chinap. 213
The Chinese economyp. 237
State socialism and the Chinese communist economyp. 239
Market socialism and economic transition in post-Mao Chinap. 250
Chinese foreign policyp. 277
Chinese foreign policy makingp. 279
U.S.-China relations in transformationp. 289
Notesp. 301
Indexp. 334
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