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Politics in China : an introduction

Author: William A Joseph
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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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. This work is an introduction to how this transformation occurred, and how China is governed today. Each chapter offers an accessible  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William A Joseph
ISBN: 0195335309 9780195335309 0195335317 9780195335316
OCLC Number: 423389355
Description: xvii, 437 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Studying Chinese politics / William A. Joseph --
Part 1. The political history of modern China: From Empire to People's Republic / R. Keith Schoppa ; Mao Zedong in power (1949-1976) / Frederick C. Teiwes ; Deng Xiaoping and his successors (1976 to the present) / Bruce Gilley --
Part 2. Ideology, governance, and political economy: Ideology and Chinese politics / William A. Joseph ; China's Communist Party-State: the structure and dynamics of power / Cheng Li ; China's political economy / David Zweig --
Part 3. Politics and policy in action: Rural China: reform and resistance / John James Kennedy ; Urban China: change and contention / William Hurst ; Policy case study: the arts / Richard Curt Kraus ; Policy case study: the environment / Katherine Morton ; Policy case study: public health / Joan Kaufman ; Policy case study: population / Tyrene White --
Part 4. Politics on China's periphery: Tibet / Robert Barnett ; Xinjiang / Gardiner Bovingdon ; Hong Kong / Sonny Shiu-hing Lo ; Taiwan / Shelly Rigger --
Timeline of modern Chinese political history.
Responsibility: edited by William A. Joseph.
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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. This work is an introduction to how this transformation occurred, and how China is governed today. 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. It is a guide for studying contemporary China, and also for learning how this rising power has evolved in recent times and the workings of its current political system.

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