2nd Edition

Chinese Politics The Xi Jinping Difference

Edited By Daniel Lynch, Stanley Rosen Copyright 2024
    302 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Written by a team of leading China specialists, this updated 2nd edition of Chinese Politics explores the dynamics of state power and politics in contemporary China, focusing on the Xi Jinping era.

    Through its multi-disciplinary contributions, this book explores the extent to which Xi has reshaped the political, economic, socio-cultural, and demographic terrains of the PRC, as well as Beijing’s foreign policy. The book will help readers to think productively about the trajectory of these aspects of Chinese politics and society through Xi’s current term and beyond. The book also highlights the potential role outside countries and non-state actors might play in shaping China’s trajectory as the PRC’s economic rise may be stalling. Through each exploration of these issues, the book addresses the central question of what The Xi Jinping Difference has been, and will likely continue to be, in Chinese politics.

    Key subjects covered in this new edition include:

    • Law and the political system
    • Socialization of youth
    • The fate of the private sector
    • Technology and digital authoritarianism
    • The Belt and Road Initiative
    • Population aging

    Chinese Politics continues to be an essential textbook for all students of contemporary China as well as scholars interested in the dynamics of political and social change.


    Stanley Rosen and Daniel C. Lynch

     1. Law and the Political System in Xi Jinping’s China: The Decline of the Party/State Distinction
    Donald Clarke

    2. Educating the Next Generation: Propping Up the Party and Undermining Alternatives
    Karrie J. Koesel

    3. The Private Economy Under Party-State Capitalism
    Margaret M. Pearson, Meg Rithmire, and Kellee S. Tsai

    4. Xi Jinping’s Partnership with Technology Companies and Social Media Platforms
    Daniela Stockmann and Ting Luo

    5. Technology Policy Under Xi Jinping, 2012-2022
    Douglas B. Fuller and Ricardo L. Kotz

    6. Chinese Urban Poverty: Negligence or Disdain?
    Dorothy J. Solinger

    7. How To Think Xi Jinping Thought
    J. Christopher Mittelstaedt and Patricia M. Thornton

    8. The 20th Party Congress: Toward Personalistic Autarky?
    Joseph Fewsmith

    9. The Evolving Leadership in Xi Jinping’s PLA: Factionalism, Weak Coalition, or Military Preparedness?
    Victor Shih

    10. BRI Under Xi Jinping: Fragmented Authoritarianism Beyond the Water’s Edge
    Andrew Mertha

    11. Chinese Foreign Policy Under Xi Jinping
    June Teufel Dreyer

    12. Who Is Blamed for the Pandemic? Survey Findings and Implications for the China Model
    Yuen Yuen Ang, Twila Tardif, and Wenjia Song

    13.  Implications of the Reformation of China’s Demographic Structure
    Wang Feng


    Stanley Rosen is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California, USA.

    Daniel C. Lynch is Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and a Professor of Public and International Affairs at the City University of Hong Kong.