Governance and Politics of China

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/14/2015
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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The success or failure of China's development will impact not only its own citizens but also those of the world. China is widely recognized as a global actor on the world stage and no global challenge can be resolved without its participation. Thus, it is important to understand how the country is ruled and what the policy priorities are of the new leadership. Can China move to a more market-based economy, while controlling environmental degradation? Can it integrate hundreds of millions of new migrants into the urban landscape? The tensions between communist and capitalist identities continue to divide society as China searches for a path to modernization.

The People's Republic is now over sixty-five years old – an appropriate juncture at which to reassess the state of contemporary Chinese politics. In this substantially revised fourth edition and essential guide to the subject, Tony Saich delivers a thorough introduction to all aspects of politics and governance in post-Mao China, taking full account of the changes of the Eighteenth Party Congress and the Twelfth National People's Congress. Further, the rise of Xi Jinping to power and his policies are examined as are important policy areas such as urbanization and the fight against corruption.

A comprehensively updated 4th edition of the leading text on Chinese politics
Clear and accessible
Written by a leading academic authority who has lived and worked in China and has real in-depth knowledge of life in both the cities and the provinces
Includes new chapters on the Xi Jinping/Li Keqiang leadership selected in 2012 and 2013 and the challenges for rural and urban China of migration and the integration of migrants

Author Biography

Tony Saich is Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA. He has spent many years in China and visits regularly and runs training programs for senior Chinese government officials. He has published widely on Chinese contemporary history and politics.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 4th edition
Diversity within Unity
Political History, 1949–2012
China's New Leaders and their Challenges, 2012-Present
The Chinese Communist Party
The Central Governing Apparatus
Governance Beyond the Centre
The Chinese State and Society
Urbanization and Urban-Rural Relations
Economic Policy
Social Policy
Foreign Policy
China's Future Challenges

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