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China's Political System

Edited by Sebastian Heilmann

The Chinese government is one of the most important actors in international affairs today. To thoroughly understand how the People’s Republic of China has grown in power requires a careful analysis of its political system. To what extent can China’s economic achievements be attributed to the country’s political system and its policies? What are the effects of economic modernization and global economic integration on the Chinese polity? Is the Chinese political system capable of adapting to changing economic, technological, social, and international conditions? Exploring these central questions, this definitive book provides readers with a comprehensive assessment of the preconditions, prospects, and risks associated with China’s political development. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 542Size: 6 1/4 x 9 3/8
978-1-4422-7734-2 • Hardback • January 2017 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-7735-9 • Paperback • December 2016 • $39.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-7736-6 • eBook • December 2016 • $14.99 • (£9.95)
Sebastian Heilmann is president of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin and professor for the political economy of China at the University of Trier. MERICS is Europe's leading think tank on Chinese affairs.
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Chapter 1 Analyzing Chinese politics
Chapter 2 The Chinese Communist Party and state institutions
Chapter 3 Political Leadership
Chapter 4 Governing China’s economy
Chapter 5 Governing China’s society
Chapter 6 Policy making: Processes and outcomes
Chapter 7 Perspectives on China’s political development
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This is arguably the most comprehensive overview of the contemporary Chinese political system available in English. Its emphasis on policy analysis sets it apart from traditional textbooks, speaking to the growing interest among China political scientists in policy formation and policy relevant research. The book’s clear and accessible style and extensive use of charts and tables promises a receptive readership and wide adoption for classroom use. I strongly recommend this book as a textbook. In addition, it will also be of great value to government officials and businesspeople seeking a general introduction to the political institutions and operations of the PRC.
Elizabeth Perry, Harvard University

This is a remarkably comprehensive, well-structured presentation of China’s political system. Starting from the question ‘Why China Challenges Popular Assumptions,’ the book gives perhaps the most lucid exposition of the structure of the CCP and government that I have seen. The sections on economic decision making are particularly insightful. The part on policy making will garner most attention, as it really looks at the ability of the Chinese government to address public needs and public goods. Overall, the book is both insightful and authoritative, illustrating a firm grasp of difficult issues while explaining them clearly. This book will be widely adopted in classrooms and consulted by experts and non-experts in government, academia, and business.
Joseph Fewsmith, Boston University