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His latest work is his book entitled China's Governance Model: Flexibility and Durability of Pragmatic Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2016). Below is an outline of this book. As China is posed to become the largest economy in the world in the coming decade the direction in which the Chinese state is heading is a hugely important issue. This is especially so since the state has masterminded economic reform and has continued to shape the economic trajectory and political course of a rising China. China scholars and observers, however, disagree in their diagnoses and predictions about the fate of the Party-state in China. Some have sounded apocalyptical warnings about the collapse or crackup of the Party-state (notably in 2001 and 2015, respectively). Some others were optimistic about China’s democratization. Others are talking about the global spread of the so-called China model.
In this book, the author built on his decades-long research and offers one of the most penetrating analyses of the state, nature and possible future of the Party-state in China. He addresses the following “billion-dollars questions”—What kind of political regime is emerging in China? How has the Party-state evolved in the previous decade? Is it heading toward democratization as some have hoped, or toward immediate meltdown has other have warned? Should we expect political upheavals in China in the coming decades? Can the Party-state break the 73-year-curse on single-Party regimes the former Soviet Union fell prey to?
The author draws on his insights in comparative politics, political economy, China studies, institutional analyses, and importantly, China’s political history. He carefully paints a broad picture of the Party-state and of the Chinese political model and suggests sensible scenarios of their future. He offers a rare glimpse at the changes of the institutions most critical to the survival of the Party-state. He analyses the possible life span of the Party-state on the basis of the life span of unified political regimes in China’s past. He also discusses the implications of Xi Jinping’s current policies especially his political conservatism and anti-corruption drive for the Party-state. People who are interested in the fate of the upcoming superpower will benefit greatly from reading this well-researched and thought-provoking book.