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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.
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
|Introducing Chinese politics||p. 1|
|Chinese politics in comparative communist systems||p. 3|
|Theoretical models for studying Chinese politics||p. 12|
|Land and people||p. 33|
|Shaping forces of Chinese state-making, political culture, and political tradition||p. 35|
|Traditional Chinese culture and Confucianism||p. 47|
|Political development||p. 57|
|The collapse of the imperial state and the communist road to power||p. 59|
|The making of the new communist state and the post-Mao transition||p. 74|
|Political ideology||p. 89|
|Marxism-Leninism and Chinese political ideology||p. 91|
|Ideological modifications in post-Mao China||p. 109|
|Political institutions||p. 129|
|The party-state structure of Chinese government||p. 131|
|Political development in post-Mao China||p. 152|
|The Chinese legal and legislative systems||p. 167|
|The Chinese legal and legislative systems||p. 169|
|Legal and legislative reforms in post-Mao China||p. 179|
|Chinese society||p. 199|
|Chinese social structure and state-society relations||p. 201|
|Social changes and state-society relations in post-Mao China||p. 213|
|The Chinese economy||p. 237|
|State socialism and the Chinese communist economy||p. 239|
|Market socialism and economic transition in post-Mao China||p. 250|
|Chinese foreign policy||p. 277|
|Chinese foreign policy making||p. 279|
|U.S.-China relations in transformation||p. 289|
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