Power and Sustainability of the Chinese State

Edited by Keun Lee, Joon-Han Kim, Wing Thye Woo

© 2009 – Routledge

234 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Since the start of the 21st century China has risen to the status of an important world power. This book examines Chinese power, focusing in particular, although not exclusively, on its economic capabilities, and considering how this is likely to develop in the future. It provides a detailed assessment of the key facets of Chinese power today, including GDP, growth, multinationals, and technological and scientific innovation. It identifies the key trends in these areas, compares China’s experience with other important global powers such as the US, and considers how this is viewed by the Chinese themselves, including through the lens of their popular culture and mass media. It goes on to identify the foremost problems facing China and the Chinese state today, including fiscal management and public finance, poverty, inequality and rural development, and considers whether China is capable of overcoming these challenges and continuing its remarkable economic development. It addresses crucial questions such as the impact of globalization on Chinese power, and whether Communist Party rule is sustainable for the foreseeable future.

Table of Contents

1. The Diverse Dimensions, Capabilities and Sustainability of China’s Power: An Introduction Keun Lee, Joon-Han Kim and Wing Thye Woo Part 1: Perceiving and Measuring the Power of China 2. Reflections on China’s Power Kwang Ok Kim 3. Assessing China’s Economic Power and Science and Technology Power in a Comparative Perspective Angang Hu 4. Assessing the Tacit Dimension of China’s Science and Technology Power Jong-Hak Eun Part 2: Assessing the Capabilities of the Chinese State 5. Assessing China’s Capability to Manage the High-Probability Risks to Economic Growth: Fiscal, Governance and Ecological Problems Wing Thye Woo 6. Assessing the Fiscal Power of the Chinese State: Assessing the Central Government’s Capacity to Implement National Policies Christine Wong Part 3: Assessing International Dimension of China Power 7. Assessing China’s Power Reflected in Foreign Trade Wei Zhang 8. Assessing the Diplomatic Power of China Zhongying Pang Part 4: Party-State-Society Relations and Sustainability 9. Globalization and the State Power in China Alvin So 10. Can the Communist Party Sustain its Rule in China? Yongnian Zheng

About the Editors

Keun Lee is the director of the Institute for China Studies and a professor of economics at the Seoul National University, Korea. His main research topic is the economics of catch-up applied in the context of corporate governance and growth, industrial policy, and innovation and technology policy in Korea and China.

Joon-Han Kim is currently President of the POSRI (Posco Research Institute). Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Development Institute, the Construction & Economy Research Institute of Korea (CERIK), the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET), and also taught at the Hanyang University. His main areas of research are public finance and industrial economics.

Wing Thye Woo holds the New Century Chair in International Trade and Economics at the Brookings Institution (Washington, DC). He is also Professor at the University of California (Davis), the Yangtze River (Zhang Jiang) Professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics (Beijing), and the Director of the East Asia Program in the Earth Institute, Columbia University.

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS035000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General