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10th Edition

China’s Political System
Modernization and Tradition

ISBN 9781138501522
Published August 15, 2018 by Routledge
394 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

China’s Political System provides a concise introduction to the political, economic, and social factors that determine China's government. Highly respected specialist June Teufel Dreyer offers expert analysis of the challenges facing China's economic, legal, military, social, and cultural institutions while examining the historical context and current trends. China's Political System asks readers to think about the broader problem of governance and mordernization in China and their global implications by comprehensively showing how the past and present impact leaders, citizens, ethnic minorities, and policies.

New to the Tenth Edition:

  • the first text to incorporate results from the Nineteenth Party Congress and Thirteenth National People's Congress.
  • includes a new chapter on developments under Xi Jinping
  • considers the effects of slowing economic growth on politics and society
  • addresses recent Chinese assertiveness in military and foreign policy

The tenth edition of China’s Political System continues to provide all of the tools professors need to introduce their students to Chinese politics in ways that are informed, accessible, and intriguing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  1. Introduction  2. The Chinese Tradition  3. Reformers, Warlords, and Communists  4. PRC Politics Under Mao: 1949–1976  5. Deng Xiaoping and His Protégés: 1976–2012  6. The Era of Xi Jinping  7. The Politics of the Economy  8. Crime and Punishment: The Legal System of the PRC  9. The Role of the Military  10. Education  11. Quality-of-Life Issues: Health, Demography, and the Environment  12. Conformity and Dissent: The Arts, the Media, and Social Control  13. Ethnic Minorities and National Integration  14. Foreign Policy  15. Conclusions  Useful Websites

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June Teufel Dreyer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, a past commissioner of the congressionally established U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission, and a fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. She is the author of Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations Past and Present (Oxford University Press); China’s Forty Millions: Minority Nationalities and National Integration in the People’s Republic of China (Harvard University Press); editor of Chinese Defense and Foreign Policy (Paragon House) and Asian-Pacific Regional Defense (Paragon House), and co-editor of U.S.China Relations in the 21st Century (Lexington) and Contemporary Tibet: Politics, Development, and Society in a Disputed Region (Routledge).


'June Teufel Dreyer's latest edition of China’s Political System continues the high standard that has been evident in each previous edition. In a crowded field of textbooks on Chinese politics, the two areas that distinguish the best books are comprehensiveness in terms of the coverage of important topics and material that is not only up-to-date but will not become dated quickly. Dreyer has succeeded admirably on both counts, with the high quality of the new chapter on The Era of Xi Jinping and the discussion of the results of the Nineteenth Party Congress, making this the best textbook on Chinese politics currently on the market.'Stanley Rosen, Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California

'I have assigned successive editions of June Dreyer's excellent text China's Political System for a number of years at the undergraduate level. It is well organized and clearly written, comprehensive in scope and coverage, informed by the author's historical perspectives and policy experience, and always up-to-date. A first-rate textbook on contemporary China.'—David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director, China Policy Program, George Washington University

'June Teufel Dreyer is among the most internationally respected experts on China. This book convincingly demonstrates why. It has been and will continue to be a must-read for generations of students, scholars, and the general public.'Jing Sun, Associate Professor, University of Denver

'Dreyer expertly examines and provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the internal and external pressures and changes and continuities that have propelled political, social, and economic developments in contemporary China. From the republican era and the rise of the Chinese communists to post-Mao reforms and China’s globalization, Dreyer surveys events, peoples, institutions, and policymaking and their implications within China and for the world.'Roselyn Hsueh, Associate Professor, Temple University

'Comprehensive and accessible, China’s Political System provides a clear overview of the complex political and social issues facing contemporary China. The text offers a solid foundation for students who are encountering China for the first time.'Kerry Ratigan, Assistant Professor, Amherst College