As China enters its proclaimed ‘New Era’ under President Xi Jinping, this book examines changes and continuity in social relations and political development, investigating new developments against the backdrop of continuations of long-term trends and previous policies.
What has remained outside many scholarly discussions is a larger backdrop of continuity, into which the policies of Xi Jinping’s administration are inserted to further shape social, economic and political trajectories in contemporary China. Presented as a volume of methodologically diverse studies exploring some of the key aspects of social and political development in contemporary China, its authors examine the structural factors that continue to exert influence on China’s trajectory – in the ‘New Era’, as before – at the deeper and subtler levels. This is the first publication of its kind to focus on how continuity and change interplay under Xi; it enables readers to appreciate both genuine novelties and the enduring, long-term trends, as well as to estimate future trends in the proclaimed ‘New Era’ and beyond.
Social Relations and Political Development in China will be of significant interest to students and scholars of Chinese studies, political science and sociology.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Social Relations and Political Development in China: Change and continuity in the "New Era"
Dragan Pavlićević and Zhengxu Wang
2. Political Obligation: The Party’s 19th Congress and China’s State-Society Relations in the "New Era"
3. The Impact of Education on the Formation of Identity, Nationalist Sentiment, and Traditional Values in China
4. Who will serve the people? Red Collecting & China’s Moral Crisis
5. Urbanization, Spatial Segregation and Class Encounters in China
Ceren Ergenc and Sirma Altun
6. Social Accountability Innovations in Contemporary China
7. Democratic Localism: The Case of Grassroots Self-Governance in Urban China
Zhengxu Wang, Liu Jianxiong and Dragan Pavlićević
8. Internet Governance in China: Exploration of Power Relationship
9. The Rise of China’s Civil Code in the New Era: Implications and Ambitions
10. SASAC and the Governance of Central State-owned Enterprises in the "New Era"
Zhengxu Wang’s is Shanghai 1000-Talent Distinguished Professor at the Department of Politics at Fudan University. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Michigan and has served in academic posts at the National University of Singapore and the University of Nottingham.
Dragan Pavlićević is an Associate Professor in China Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University, China. His research spans both China’s domestic politics and foreign relations.