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:
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.
"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
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