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Chinese Politics and Government
Power, Ideology and Organization

ISBN 9780415551397
Published September 10, 2012 by Routledge
352 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introducing Chinese Politics  1. Chinese Politics in Comparative Communist Systems  2. Theoretical Models for Studying Chinese Politics  Part 2: Land and People  3. Shaping Forces of Chinese State Making, Political Culture, and Political Tradition  4. Traditional Chinese Culture and Confucianism  Part 3: Political Development  5. The Collapse of Imperial State and the Communist Road to Power  6. The Making of Communist New State and the post-Mao Transition  Part 4: Political Ideology  7. Marxism-Leninism and Chinese Political Ideology  8. Ideological Modifications in Post-Mao China  Part 5: Political Institutions  9. The Party-State Structure of Chinese Government  10. Institutional Changes in post-Mao China  Part 6: The Chinese Legal and Legislative Systems  11. The Chinese Legal and Legislative Systems  12. Legal and Legislative Reforms in Post-Mao China  Part 7: The Chinese Society  13. Chinese Social Structure and State-Society Relations  14. Social Changes and State-Society Relations in Post-Mao China  Part 8: The Chinese Economy  15. State Socialism and Chinese Communist Economy  16. Market Socialism and Economic Transition in Post-Mao China  Part 9: Chinese Foreign Policy  17. Chinese Foreign Policy Making  18. US-China Relations in Transformation

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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 and Associate Dean of the Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, PRC.


"This book fills a crying need for a readable yet thorough text on Chinese politics that provides a clear analysis and description of the Chinese political process itself while also putting it in a comparative context. Guo's work describes the formal structure and informal workings of the Chinese political system, with attention to the Chinese cultural and Marxist ideological backgrounds, showing the relevance of the study of Chinese politics to more general empirical theories in political science." - Peter Moody, Professor of Political Science at The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

"This textbook is an excellent example of combining theories of Chinese political studies with comprehensions of PRC political practices. It is written with insights penetrating into the essence of the Chinese political system and perspectives positioning this system in the comparative contexts of world communism and international politics — its depth has reached an admirable level of scholarship." - Guoguang Wu, Professor of Political Science and Chair in China and Asia-Pacific Relations, University of Victoria, Canada.

"Among the numerous textbooks on Chinese politics and government available to students, Sujian Guo’s book stands out as a unique and provocative one...a well-researched, comprehensive, interesting book with theoretical cogency and a provocative argument." - Ming Xia, Journal of Chinese Political Science 2015 20, pages 477–478