Routledge Studies on China in Transition

Series Editor: David Goodman

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

  • NGO Governance and Management in China

    Edited by Reza Hasmath, Jennifer Y. J. Hsu

    As China becomes increasingly integrated into the global system there will be continuing pressure to acknowledge and engage with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Suffice to say, without a clear understanding of the state’s interaction with NGOs, and vice versa, any political, economic and…

    Hardback – 2015-08-09 
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  • Chinese Intellectuals Between State and Market

    Edited by Merle Goldman, Edward Gu

    This edited volume describes the intellectual world that developed in China in the last decade of the twentieth century. How, as China's economy changed from a centrally planned to a market one, and as China opened up to the outside world and was influenced by the outside world, Chinese…

    Paperback – 2015-07-19
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  • Rural Tax Reform in China

    Policy Processes and Institutional Change

    By Linda Chelan Li

    This book examines questions of change and inertia in the context of the longstanding grievances over excessive taxation in rural China. How can some changes be sustained, whilst others cannot? How can a longstanding administrative practice be changed or even terminated, especially when previous…

    Paperback – 2015-06-19
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  • Unequal China

    The political economy and cultural politics of inequality

    Edited by Wanning Sun, Yingjie Guo

    Economic development and a dramatic improvement in living standards in many parts of the People’s Republic of China during the past three decades of economic reforms have been hailed by the Chinese Communist Party and many commentators in the international arena as the most spectacular achievements…

    Paperback – 2015-03-03
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  • China's Cotton Industry

    Economic Transformation and State Capacity

    By Björn Alpermann

    The cotton processing industry is a distinct sector of China’s rural economy which recently underwent a momentous transition from plan to market. China is the world’s largest producer as well as consumer of cotton, and cotton processing links the agricultural production of this important commodity…

    Paperback – 2015-03-03
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  • Small Town China

    Rural Labour and Social Inclusion

    By Beatriz Carrillo Garcia

    While much has been written about rural migrant workers’ experiences in the big cities, population movements into China’s vast network of towns and small cities has been largely neglected. This book presents a detailed case study of rural migrant workers experiences in a small town in a north China…

    Paperback – 2015-03-03
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  • Young Chinese in Urban China

    By Alex Cockain

    This book examines the condition of being a young person in China and the way in which changes in various dimensions of urban life have affected Chinese youths' quests to understand themselves. The author examines social factors such as changes in the physical construction of urban neighbourhoods;…

    Paperback – 2015-03-03
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  • Grassroots Charisma

    Four Local Leaders in China

    By Stephan Feuchtwang, Wang Mingming

    This book relates the stories of four leaders under very different political regimes: Colonial, Nationalist and Communist. The authors compare Chinese notions of respect and inspiration with their equivalents in other religious and political histories of colonial and post-colonial modernity,…

    Paperback – 2014-08-14
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  • China's Changing Welfare Mix

    Local Perspectives

    Edited by Beatriz Carrillo, Jane Duckett

    This book draws attention to two neglected areas in the growing body of research on welfare in China: subnational variation and the changing mix of state and non-state provision. The contributors to this volume demonstrate the diversity of local welfare provision that lies behind broad national…

    Paperback – 2014-03-13
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  • China's Thought Management

    Edited by Anne-Marie Brady

    China's Thought Management argues that by re-emphasizing and modernizing propaganda and thought work since 1989, the CCP has managed to overcome a succession of local and national level crises - the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the impact of the collapse Socialism in the Eastern bloc, SARS,…

    Paperback – 2014-03-13
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  • State and Laid-Off Workers in Reform China

    The Silence and Collective Action of the Retrenched

    By Yongshun Cai

    In the 1990s, the Chinese government launched an unprecedented reform of state enterprises, putting tens of millions of people out of work. This empirically rich study calls on comprehensive surveys and interviews, combining quantitative data with qualitative in its examination of the variation in…

    Paperback – 2014-01-16
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  • Rural Policy Implementation in Contemporary China

    New Socialist Countryside

    By Anna Ahlers

    At the turn of the millennium, the disparities between rural and urban livelihoods, underdevelopment and administrative shortcomings in the Chinese countryside were increasingly seen as posing a manifest threat to social harmony and economic and political stability. At that time the term "three…

    Hardback – 2014-01-13
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  • Cities in Post-Mao China

    Recipes for Economic Development in the Reform Era

    Edited by Jae Ho Chung

    This volume, written by contributors from a number of different specialisms, suggests that different combinations of factors have contributed to the relative successes and failures in these cities. Endowment factors, preferential policies, and history have all proved to be important. Most…

    Paperback – 2013-10-24
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  • Choosing China's Leaders

    Edited by Chien-wen Kou, Xiaowei Zang

    Political elites are a key topic in contemporary China studies, and have been investigated in relation to factional politics, generation politics, technocracy, and crucially, institutionalization. The institutionalization of elite replacement began in China in the 1980s and quickly accelerated…

    Hardback – 2013-08-12
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  • Tiger Girls

    Women and Enterprise in the People's Republic of China

    By Minglu Chen

    The existing scholarship on women in China suggests that gender inequality still exists against the background of the country’s reform and opening in recent years. However, the situation of women in enterprise ownership and leadership seems to indicate that despite such notions of disadvantage…

    Paperback – 2013-05-30
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  • Policing Serious Crime in China

    From 'Strike Hard' to 'Kill Fewer'

    By Susan Trevaskes

    Despite a resurgence in the number of studies of Chinese social control over the past decade or so, no sustained work in English has detailed the recent developments in policy and practice against serious crime, despite international recognition that Chinese policing of serious crime is relatively…

    Paperback – 2013-04-14
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  • The Chinese State's Retreat from Health

    Policy and the Politics of Retrenchment

    By Jane Duckett

    Over the post-Mao period, the Chinese state has radically cut back its role in funding health services and insuring its citizens against the costs of ill health. Using an analytical framework drawn from studies of state retrenchment in industrialized democracies and in post-communist Eastern Europe…

    Paperback – 2013-04-14
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  • Elites and Governance in China

    Edited by Xiaowei Zang, Chien-wen Kou

    This book reveals the complex relationship between elite perceptions and behaviour, and governance, in China. It moves away from existing scholarship by focusing on functionaries, grass-roots elites, leading intellectuals, and opinion-makers in China and by looking beyond the top leadership, makes…

    Hardback – 2013-04-01
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  • China's Rational Entrepreneurs

    The Development of the New Private Sector

    By Barbara Krug

    The ability of China's entrepreneurs to establish firms in the midst of a strangling bureaucratic system is a topic which demands attention not least because it forms the basis of China's economic development. Combining theoretical approaches with extensive fieldwork, China's Rational Entrepreneurs…

    Paperback – 2012-11-14
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  • International Aid and China's Environment

    Taming the Yellow Dragon

    By Katherine Morton

    Rapid economic growth in the world's most populous nation is leading to widespread soil erosion, desertification, deforestation and the depletion of vital natural resources. The scale and severity of environmental problems in China now threaten the economic and social foundations of its…

    Paperback – 2012-11-01
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  • Transforming Rural China

    How Local Institutions Shape Property Rights in China

    By Chih-Jou Jay Chen

    It is often assumed that privatization leads to profit, and that well-delineated property rights and a strong private sector will help boost an economy. This book investigates the property rights in Chinese enterprises in the reform era, finding that distinction between the public and the private…

    Paperback – 2012-09-30
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  • China's Scientific Elite

    By Cong Cao

    China's Scientific Elite is a study of those scientists holding China's highest academic honour - membership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Having carried out extensive systematic data collection of CAS members Cao examines the social stratification system of the Chinese science community and…

    Paperback – 2012-09-11
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  • China, Sex and Prostitution

    By Elaine Jeffreys

    China, Sex and Prostitution is a topical and important critique of recent scholarship in China studies concerning sexuality, prostitution and policing. Jeffrey's arguments are constructed in the form of detailed analysis of a wide range of primary texts, including documents, press reports, police…

    Paperback – 2012-09-11
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  • Prostitution Scandals in China

    Policing, Media and Society

    By Elaine Jeffreys

    Prostitution Scandals in China presents an examination of media coverage of prostitution-related scandals in contemporary China. It demonstrates that the subject of prostitution is not only widely debated, but also that these public discussions have ramifications for some of the key social, legal…

    Hardback – 2012-05-23
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  • The Chinese State in Transition

    Processes and contests in local China

    Edited by Linda Chelan Li

    One of the more commonly and widely held beliefs outside the People’s Republic of China about the changes wrought by the reform era is that there has been no political change The attention of the outside world focuses inevitably on Beijing and national level politics. Nonetheless, it may actually…

    Paperback – 2012-02-26
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  • China's Governmentalities

    Governing Change, Changing Government

    Edited by Elaine Jeffreys

    Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) embarked on a programme of ‘reform and openness’ in the late 1970s, Chinese society has undergone a series of dramatic transformations in almost all realms of social, cultural, economic and political life and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has emerged…

    Paperback – 2011-07-06
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  • China's Embedded Activism

    Opportunities and constraints of a social movement

    Edited by Peter Ho, Richard Edmonds

    In recent years China has been remarkable in achieving extraordinary economic transformation, yet without fundamental political change. To many observers this would seem to imply a weakness in Chinese civil society. However, though the idea of democracy as multitudes of citizens taking to the…

    Paperback – 2011-03-23
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  • China's Urban Space

    Development under market socialism

    By Terry McGee, George C.S. Lin, Mark Wang, Andrew Marton, Jiaping Wu

    China’s urban growth is unparalleled in the history of global urbanization, and will undoubtedly create huge challenges to China as it modernizes its society. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this book presents an overview of the radical transformation of China’s urban space since the 1970s,…

    Paperback – 2011-03-23
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  • Ethnicity and Urban Life in China

    A Comparative Study of Hui Muslims and Han Chinese

    By Xiaowei Zang

    This much-needed work on ethnicity in Asia offers a major sociological analysis of Hui Muslims in contemporary China. Using both qualitative and quantitative data derived from fieldwork in Lanzhou between March 2001 and July 2004, it looks at the contrast between the urban life of the Han people,…

    Paperback – 2011-03-23
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  • Marketization and Democracy in China

    By Jianjun Zhang

    Since China began an era of market reform three decades ago, many Westerners believed that, political liberalization and, eventually, democracy would follow. However, contrary to Western expectations, China remains an authoritarian country and the communist party is still in power, even though the…

    Paperback – 2009-12-14
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  • Sex and Sexuality in China

    Edited by Elaine Jeffreys

    Elaine Jeffreys explores the issues of sex and sexuality in a non-Western context by examining debates surrounding the emergence of new sexual behaviours, and the appropriate nature of their regulation, in the People's Republic of China. Commissioned from Western and mainland Chinese scholars of…

    Paperback – 2009-05-20
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  • China's Reforms and International Political Economy

    Edited by David Zweig, Zhimin Chen

    Written by an international team of experts from the US, UK, Hong Kong, China, Korea and Canada, this important and interesting book examines and explores the relationship between the international political and economic system, and China’s economic and political transition. Exploring…

    Paperback – 2009-05-20
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  • Translocal China

    Linkages, Identities and the Re-imagining of Space

    Edited by Tim Oakes, Louisa Schein

    Inter-disciplinary in approach, this collection of essays explores China’s reform era development within the concept of translocality. A key element of spatial change in today’s China has been the unprecedented geographic mobility of millions of labour migrants, tourists, brides, entrepreneurs, and…

    Paperback – 2006-06-14
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  • Locating China

    Space, Place, and Popular Culture

    Edited by Jing Wang

    Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this volume examines the relationship between space and the production of local popular culture in contemporary China. The international team of contributors examine the inter-relationship between the cultural imaginary of a given place and China’s continuing…

    Hardback – 2005-06-20
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  • The Development of China's Stockmarket, 1984-2002

    Equity Politics and Market Institutions

    By Stephen Green

    As China's government manages a transition away from the socialist plan, how does it build the regulatory institutions it needs to manage the new market economy? Without the correct institutions, laws and agencies that implement the laws in place, the remarkable growth witnessed in China over the…

    Hardback – 2003-12-17
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  • Cultural Nationalism in Contemporary China

    By Yingjie Guo

    In the vast majority of literature on 'Chinese nationalism' the distinction between nation and state is rarely made, consequently nationalism usually appears as loyalty to the state rather than identification with the nation. Yet, since 1989, both the official configuration of the nation and the…

    Hardback – 2003-11-12
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  • Elite Dualism and Leadership Selection in China

    By Xiaowei Zang

    Who are the top political leaders in China? What are the major criteria in elite recruitment? How is job promotion in high politics determined? By studying over one and a half thousand top political Chinese leaders, this book seeks to answer these questions and, as a result, defines how Chinese…

    Hardback – 2003-10-22
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  • Manager Empowerment in China

    Political Implications of Rural Industrialisation in the Reform Era

    By Ray Yep

    Institutional changes in rural China caused by the economic reforms of the post-Mao era have led to a new pattern of state-society interaction in the rural polity. Central to this is the spectacular rise of a group of managerial elites. Contrary to economic predictors, this has been accompanied by…

    Hardback – 2003-03-12
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  • Negotiating Ethnicity in China

    Citizenship as a Response to the State

    By Chih-yu Shih

    This challenging study brings together anthropology and political science to examine how ethnic minorities are constructed by the state, and how they respond to such constructions.Disclosing endless mini negotiations between those acting in the name of the Chinese state and those carrying the…

    Hardback – 2002-05-15
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  • The Chinese Legal System

    Globalization and Local Legal Culture

    By Pitman B. Potter

    The legal system of the People's Republic of China has seen significant changes since legal reforms began in 1978. At the end of the second decade of legal reform, law-making and institution-building have reached impressive levels. Understanding the operation and possible futures of law in the…

    Hardback – 2001-07-25
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  • China's Spatial Economic Development

    Regional Transformation in the Lower Yangzi Delta

    By Andrew M. Marton

    The spatial patterns of China's rapid economic transformation fundamentally challenge conventional geographies of urban and regional development. This book provides a theoretically informed case study of the local character of regional change in China's lower Yangzi Delta, as well as a new…

    Hardback – 2000-11-22
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  • Regional Development in China

    States, Globalization and Inequality

    By Yehua Dennis Wei

    This study systematically examines uneven regional development in China, focusing on three central agents: the foreign investor, the state and the region. Wei's findings have important implications for theories of, and policy towards, Chinese regional development. This book is a vital resource for…

    Hardback – 2000-08-02
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  • Tourism and Modernity in China

    By Tim Oakes

    This book explores how the experience of modernization is revealed in China's newly constructed tourist landscapes. It argues that in China's burgeoning ethnic tourist villages and theme parks can be seen all the contradictions, debasement, and liberating potentials of Chinese modernity. Tim Oakes…

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  • The Entrepreneurial State in China

    Real Estate and Commerce Departments in Reform Era Tianjin

    By Jane Duckett

    Jane Duckett describes in detail new state business activities in China and explains why they have appeared. Using research on the northern city of Tianjin during the 1990s, she argues that individual departments, within the Chinese state, are involved in the market economy through the…

    Hardback – 1998-08-12
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  • Industrial Change in China

    Economic Restructuring and Conflicting Interests

    By Kate Hannan

    This book analyses the industrial reform measures taken by the Chinese government during the decade 1985-95 and identifies the economic and political tensions and contradictions that state enterprise reform has presented to a leadership intent on maintaining its authoritative political…

    Hardback – 1998-07-29
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  • China's Enterprise Reform

    Changing State/Society Relations After Mao

    By You Ji

    China's basic work units, collectively known as the danwei system, have undergone significant reform, particularly since 1984. The author examines how this system operates and how reform is generating change in the party at grassroots level.The author demonstrates how China's post-Mao reforms have…

    Hardback – 1997-12-03
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  • Beyond Beijing

    Liberalization and the Regions in China

    By Dali L. Yang

    This book offers a balanced assessment of the dynamics and consequences of the decentralization of power and resources in post- Mao China. The author argues that decentralization has increased tensions amongst ethnic groups and unleashed much competition and emulation among local governments. This…

    Hardback – 1997-07-30
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  • The Democratisation of China

    By Baogang He

    The events of 1989, culminating in Tiananmen Square, highlighted the extent to which democratic ideals had taken root in China. Baogang He traces and evaluates the political discourse of democracy in contemporary China, identifying the three main competing models of democratization that dominate…

    Hardback – 1996-11-06
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