China Policy Series

Series Editor: Zheng Yongnian

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.

  • Is Democratisation in China Possible?

    The Authoritarian Path to Development

    By Tang Liang

    This book examines the various stages of China's development, in the economic, social and political fields, relating theories and models of development to what is actually occurring in China, and discussing how China's development is likely to progress going forward. It argues that China's…

    Hardback – 2016-04-29 
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  • Social Mobility and Class Structure in Contemporary China

    By Jing Yang

    Market reform in China has led not just to economic growth, but also to a momentous transformation of Chinese society, with the simple, enclosed, rigid peasant hierarchy of the Mao era being replaced by an open, modern and evolving system. Most studies of social change in China have focused on…

    Hardback – 2016-03-30 
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  • Government Reform and Governance in China's Local State

    By Qingshan Tan

    After three decades of change in China, the central government’s attempts to establish a harmonious society are being challenged by popular protests and social unrest. These challenges have been attributed to improper or ineffective local governance. This book examines government reform and…

    Hardback – 2016-03-30 
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  • Political Leadership and Political Change in the Chinese Countryside

    By Shan Wei

    This book, based on extensive original research including survey research in the Chinese countryside, examines how market reforms and the changing nature of the Chinese state have made a huge impact on how ordinary Chinese people in rural areas relate to authority. The book explores the nature of…

    Hardback – 2016-03-30 
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  • China's Global Quest for Resources

    Energy, Food and Water

    Edited by Fengshi Wu

    The world’s key resources of energy, food and water, which are closely connected and interdependent on each other, are coming under increasing pressure, both as a result of increasing development, and because of climate change. In the case of China, following its recent economic surge, energy, food…

    Hardback – 2016-03-29 
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  • China's Governance Model

    Flexibility and Durability of Pagmatic Authoritarianism

    By Hongyi Lai

    Many books on government in China either simply describe the political institutions or else focus, critically, on the weaknesses of the system, such as corruption or the absence of Western-style democracy. This book, on the other hand, takes a more balanced, more positive view. This view is based…

    Paperback – 2016-02-27 
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  • Ethnic Relations and Minority Policies in Contemporary China

    By Ma Rong, Jian Zhixiang

    With over 100 million people belonging to minorities, ethnic relations is a major issue for China. This book is the first on this subject in English by scholars who are based in China, both authors being members of the Hui minority, and both having extensive experience of researching Chinese…

    Hardback – 2016-01-30 
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  • Ecological Risks and Disasters - New Experiences in China and Europe

    Edited by Li Peilin, Laurence Roulleau-Berger

    Climate change, and also other factors, are capable of bringing about major disasters on a scale hitherto unimaginable. Ecological and other risks, besides having scientific and technological dimensions, are also a subject of study for social scientists, concerned with how disasters and potential…

    Hardback – 2015-12-01 
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  • China-Taiwan Rapprochement

    The Political Economy of Cross-Straits Relations

    By Min-Hua Chiang

    This book examines how since about 2008 the economy of Taiwan has become ever more deeply integrated into the economy of China. It goes beyond a consideration of trade and investment flows, and discusses also the large population flows, the growing integration of the two financial systems and the…

    Hardback – 2015-11-17 
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  • China's Transition from Communism – New Perspectives

    Edited by Guoguang Wu, Helen Lansdowne

    As China moved from a planned to a market economy many people expected that China’s political system would similarly move from authoritarianism to democracy. It is now clear, however, that political liberalisation does not necessarily follow economic liberalisation. This book explores this apparent…

    Hardback – 2015-10-26 
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  • China's Social Development and Policy

    Into the next stage?

    Edited by Litao Zhao

    In China, social development has fallen far behind economic development. This book looks at why this is the case, and poses the question of whether the conditions, structures and institutions that have locked China into unbalanced development are changing to pave the way for the next stage of…

    Paperback – 2015-10-21 
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  • New Dynamics in Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations

    How Far Can the Rapprochement Go?

    Edited by Weixing Hu

    Relations between mainland China and Taiwan have improved markedly in recent years, giving rise to the key question, How far can the current rapprochement go? This book focuses on how mainland China-Taiwan relations are likely to develop in future. It considers economic relations, including the…

    Paperback – 2015-07-22
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  • China and the European Union

    Edited by Lisheng Dong, Zhengxu Wang, Henk Dekker

    The European Union is China’s largest trading partner, and Chinese views of the EU are of crucial importance in shaping how the relationship will develop in the future, especially as the new Chinese leadership takes power. This book presents the findings of an extensive research project into the…

    Paperback – 2015-07-22
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  • China and the International System

    Becoming a World Power

    Edited by Xiaoming Huang, Robert G. Patman

    This book considers the evolving relationship between China and the international system, and the interaction between a China of profound change in its identity, capability, and influence, and an international system that is itself experiencing a process of far-reaching transformation. It develops…

    Paperback – 2015-07-22
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  • International Engagement in China’s Human Rights

    Edited by Titus Chen, Dingding Chen

    Since the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989 there has been increasing international pressure on China to improve its approach to human rights, whilst at the same time the Chinese government has itself realised that it needs to improve its approach, and has indeed done much to implement improvements…

    Hardback – 2015-07-21
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  • Chinese Higher Education Reform and Social Justice

    Edited by Bin Wu, John Morgan

    In place of a distributive justice perspective which focuses simply on equal access to universities, this book presents a broader understanding of the relationship between Chinese higher education and economic and social change. The necessity for research on the place of universities in…

    Hardback – 2015-07-01
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  • The Rise of Think Tanks in China

    By Xufeng Zhu

    Despite continuing criticism of the Chinese authoritarian political system, the range of participants in the decision-making process has widened, with different social actors now playing an increasingly important role in the Chinese policymaking process. Accordingly, the role of think tanks in the…

    Paperback – 2015-05-24
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  • Socialist China, Capitalist China

    Social tension and political adaptation under economic globalization

    Edited by Guoguang Wu, Helen Lansdowne

    China is currently encountering increasing social problems, together with the rise of mass discontent and public protest, despite having achieved enormous economic growth after nearly thirty years of market socialism and embracing globalization. The future of China thus depends not only on the…

    Paperback – 2015-04-26
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  • China's Assertive Nuclear Posture

    State Security in an Anarchic International Order

    By Baohui Zhang

    China’s nuclear capability is crucial for the balance of power in East Asia and the world. As this book reveals, there have been important changes recently in China’s nuclear posture: the movement from a minimum deterrence posture toward a medium nuclear power posture; the pursuit of space warfare…

    Hardback – 2015-02-18
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  • China Entering the Xi Jinping Era

    Edited by Zheng Yongnian, Lance L. P. Gore

    How will China develop under the new leadership of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang? This is a key question for both China and the wider world. This book presents a comprehensive overview of the key areas and issues, assessing how things are likely to develop under the new leadership. It considers the…

    Hardback – 2014-11-24
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  • Legitimating the Chinese Communist Party Since Tiananmen

    A Critical Analysis of the Stability Discourse

    By Peter Sandby-Thomas

    The dominant view concerning the rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is that it is simply a matter of time before it comes to an end. This view has been dominant since the pro-democracy protests in 1989 and has only been strengthened by the increasing number of protests in recent years.…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • China's Evolving Industrial Policies and Economic Restructuring

    Edited by Zheng Yongnian, Sarah Y. Tong

    In the past three decades, China has successfully transformed itself from an extremely poor economy to the world’s second largest economy. The country’s phenomenal economic growth has been sustained primarily by its rapid and continuous industrialisation. Currently industry accounts for nearly…

    Hardback – 2014-06-24
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  • China's Challenges to Human Security

    Foreign Relations and Global Implications

    Edited by Guoguang Wu

    This book looks at human security in China’s foreign relations. It discusses the concept and theory of human security, and their implications for China. The book goes on to analyse environmental security issues, including climate change and water resources, as well as looking at issues from an…

    Paperback – 2014-06-22
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  • China's Internal and International Migration

    Edited by Li Peilin, Laurence Roulleau-Berger

    One consequence of China’s economic growth has been a massive increase in migration, both internal and external. Within China millions of rural workers have migrated to the cities. Outside China, many Chinese have migrated to other parts of the world, their remittances home often having a…

    Paperback – 2014-06-22
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  • Governing Health in Contemporary China

    By Yanzhong Huang

    The lack of significant improvement in people’s health status and other mounting health challenges in China raise a puzzling question about the country’s internal transition: why did the reform-induced dynamics produce an economic miracle, but fail to reproduce the success Mao had achieved in the…

    Paperback – 2014-06-22
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  • China's Climate Policy

    By Gang Chen

    To understand China’s climate change policy is not easy, as the country itself is a paradox actor in global climate political economy: it used to take very suspicious stand on the scientific certainty of climate change, but recently it has become a signatory and firm supporter of the…

    Paperback – 2014-03-09
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  • Higher Education Reform in China

    Beyond the Expansion

    Edited by W. John Morgan, Bin Wu

    A major transformation of Chinese higher education (HE) has taken place over the past decade – China has reshaped its higher education sector from elite to mass education with the number of graduates having quadrupled to three million a year over six years. China is exceptional among lower income…

    Paperback – 2013-10-28
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  • Social Protest in Contemporary China, 2003-2010

    Transitional Pains and Regime Legitimacy

    By Yanqi Tong, Shaohua Lei

    China's economic transformation has brought with it much social dislocation, which in turn has led to much social protest. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the large-scale mass incidents which have taken place in the last decade. The book analyses these incidents systematically,…

    Hardback – 2013-10-08
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  • China Engages Global Governance

    A New World Order in the Making?

    By Gerald Chan, Pak K. Lee, Lai-Ha Chan

    This book focuses on China’s increasing involvement in global governance as a result of the phenomenal rise of its economy and global power. It examines whether and in what ways China is capable of participating in multilateral interactions; if it is willing and able to provide global public goods…

    Paperback – 2013-10-06
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  • Political Culture and Participation in Rural China

    By Yang Zhong

    Despite China’s rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, most Chinese still live in the vast countryside or have rural household registration. Although there was significant economic improvement in rural areas in the 1980s, the rural economy has been stagnating or deteriorating since then, and the…

    Paperback – 2013-10-06
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  • China's Soft Power and International Relations

    Edited by Hongyi Lai, Yiyi Lu

    China’s soft power has attracted considerable attention in the recent decade. In this volume scholars from the U.K., Europe, the U.S., Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China, including a number of well established and well known analysts on China, examine main areas where China has made…

    Paperback – 2013-10-06
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  • The Institutional Dynamics of China's Great Transformation

    Edited by Xiaoming Huang

    This book examines the role of institutions in China’s recent large-scale economic, social and political transformation. The book argues that, although the importance of institutions in China’s rapid economic growth and social development over the past 30 years is widely acknowledged, exactly how…

    Paperback – 2013-10-06
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  • E-Government in China

    Technology, Power and Local Government Reform

    By Jesper Schlæger

    This book looks at how information and communication technology and e-government influences power relations in public administration in China. It highlights the role of technology in combating corruption, and clarifies the interplay between ideas, institutions and technologies in shaping the…

    Hardback – 2013-07-25
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  • The Impact of China's 1989 Tiananmen Massacre

    Edited by Jean-Philippe Béja

    This book offers a unique insight into the role of human rights lawyers in Chinese law and politics. In her extensive account, Eva Pils shows how these practitioners are important as legal advocates for victims of injustice and how bureaucratic systems of control operate to subdue and marginalise…

    Paperback – 2013-02-13
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  • Chinese Society - Change and Transformation

    Edited by Li Peilin

    There is growing interest in social transformation in contemporary China, with much work published on the subject. This book is different from other books in that it presents an overview of the work of Chinese sociologists on how Chinese society is changing. It reports on a great deal of original…

    Hardback – 2012-07-04
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  • Zhao Ziyang and China's Political Future

    Edited by Guoguang Wu, Helen Lansdowne

    What legacies have previous reformers like Zhao Ziyang left to today’s China? Does China have feasible political alternatives to today’s repressive ‘market Leninism’ and corrupt ‘state capitalism’? Does Zhao’s legacy indicate an alternative to the past and for the future? For those who are…

    Paperback – 2012-05-14
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  • Power and Sustainability of the Chinese State

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

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-05-14
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  • Hainan - State, Society, and Business in a Chinese Province

    By Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard

    This book examines the complex relationship between the state, society and business in China, focusing on the experience of the island province of Hainan. This island, for many years a provincial backwater, was given provincial rank in 1988 and became the testing ground for experiments of an…

    Paperback – 2012-04-15
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  • China's Information and Communications Technology Revolution

    Social changes and state responses

    Edited by Xiaoling Zhang, Yongnian Zheng

    In recent years, China has experienced a revolution in information and communications technology (ICT), in 2003 surpassing the USA as the world’s largest telephone market, and as of February 2008, the number of Chinese Internet users has become the largest in the world. At the same time, China…

    Paperback – 2012-04-15
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  • China's Trade Unions - How Autonomous Are They?

    A Survey of 1811 Enterprise Union Chairpersons

    By Masaharu Hishida, Kazuko Kojima, Tomoaki Ishii, Jian Qiao

    This book examines the status of trade unions in contemporary China, exploring the degree to which trade unions have been reformed as China is increasingly integrated into the global economy, and discussing the key question of how autonomous China’s trade unions are. Based on an extensive,…

    Paperback – 2012-04-15
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  • China and International Relations

    The Chinese View and the Contribution of Wang Gungwu

    Edited by Zheng Yongnian

    Despite Beijing’s repeated assurance that China’s rise will be "peaceful", the United States, Japan and the European Union as well as many of China's Asian neighbours feel uneasy about the rise of China. Although China’s rise could be seen as inevitable, it remains uncertain as to how a politically…

    Paperback – 2012-04-15
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  • China's Rise in the World ICT Industry

    Industrial Strategies and the Catch-Up Development Model

    By Lutao Ning

    One of the most striking phenomena of China’s remarkable economic growth is that its huge volume of exports are becoming high-tech. China is now the world's largest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) exporter, having overtaken Japan and the European Union in 2003 and the United States…

    Paperback – 2012-03-28
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  • The Challenge of Labour in China

    Strikes and the Changing Labour Regime in Global Factories

    By Chris King-chi Chan

    China’s economic success has been founded partly on relatively cheap labour, especially in the export industries. In recent years, however, there has been growing concern about wages and labour standards in China. This book examines how wages are bargained, fought over and determined in China, by…

    Paperback – 2012-03-28
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  • Non-Governmental Organisations in China

    By Yiyi Lu

    As Chinese society becomes more open, and hopes rise that control by the Communist Party may become more relaxed, a great deal is expected from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the formation of civil society. This book, based on extensive original research including detailed interview…

    Paperback – 2012-02-26
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  • China's Crisis Management

    Edited by Jae Ho Chung

    The continuation of China’s successful rise depends considerably on the capacity of the Chinese government to prevent and manage a wide range of potential and actual crises, which could, if mishandled, have serious adverse consequences for China. These potential crises are both domestic - where the…

    Hardback – 2011-10-16
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  • The Domestic Sources of China's Foreign Policy

    Regimes, Leadership, Priorities and Process

    By Lai Hongyi

    As China’s political and economic influence in the world is rapidly increasing, it is essential to understand how China’s domestic politics affects its foreign political and economic policy. This book offers an accessible, informative and up-to-date systemic analysis of the foreign policy of China.…

    Paperback – 2011-08-17
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  • Environmental Activism in China

    By Lei Xie

    Major environmental degradation is a serious problem for China as the country's economy continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. In recent years environmental organisations have begun to emerge in China, and in some cases have had remarkable success in affecting policies which would have had…

    Paperback – 2011-05-16
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  • China's Local Administration

    Traditions and Changes in the Sub-National Hierarchy

    Edited by Jae Ho Chung, Tao-chiu Lam

    The remarkable changes in China over the past three decades are mostly considered at the national level, whereas local government – which has played and continues to play a key role in these developments – is often overlooked. The themes of China’s local administrative hierarchy, and its historical…

    Paperback – 2011-04-19
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  • The Chinese Communist Party as Organizational Emperor

    Culture, reproduction, and transformation

    By Zheng Yongnian

    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the largest and one of the most powerful, political organizations in the world today, which has played a crucial role in initiating most of the major reforms of the past three decades in China. China’s rapid rise has enabled the CCP to extend its influence…

    Paperback – 2009-11-29
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  • China and the New International Order

    Edited by Wang Gungwu, Zheng Yongnian

    This book explores China's place in the ‘new international order’, from both the international perspective and from the perspective within China. It discusses how far the new international order, as outlined by George Bush in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the liberation of Kuwait…

    Paperback – 2009-10-18
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