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Evolution of Power

China's Struggle, Survival, and Success

Edited by Xiaobing Li and Xiansheng Tian - Contributions by Changfu Chang; Qiang Fang; Zhaohui Hong; Shaorong Huang; Sherman Xiaogang Lai; Jieli Li; Liying Li; Xiaoxiao Li; Shuming Lu; Denise Mowder; Patrick Fuliang Shan; Jingyi Song; Yi Sun; Enbao Wang; Zhinuo Wang; Guangqiu Xu and Pingchao Zhu

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Evolution of Power: China's Struggle, Survival, and Success, edited by Xiaobing Li and Xiansheng Tian, brings together scholars from multiple disciplines to provide a comprehensive look at China’s rapid socio-economic transformation and the dramatic changes in its political institution and culture. Investigating subjects such as party history, leadership style, personality, political movements, civil-military relations, intersection of politics and law, and democratization, this volume situates current legitimacy and constitutional debates in the context of both the country’s ideology and traditions and the wider global community. The contributors to this volume clarify key Chinese conceptual frameworks to explain previous subjects that have been confusing or neglected, offering case studies and policy analyses connected with power struggles and political crises in China. A general pattern is introduced and developed to illuminate contemporary problems with government accountability, public opposition, and political transparency. Evolution of Power provides essential scholarship on China’s political development and growth. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 426Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7391-8497-4 • Hardback • November 2013 • $126.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-4985-5667-5 • Paperback • April 2017 • $54.99 • (£37.95)
978-0-7391-8498-1 • eBook • November 2013 • $54.99 • (£37.95)
Xiaobing Li is professor and chair of the Department of History and Geography and director of the Western Pacific Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Xiansheng Tian is professor of history at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado.
Introduction. Evolution of the CCP: Progress, Problems, and Prospects
by Xiaobing Li and Xiansheng Tian
Part One. Evolution and Revolution: From Mao to Deng
Chapter One. Local Revolution, Grassroots Mobilization and Wartime: Power Shift to the Rise of Communism
by Patrick Fuliang Shan
Chapter Two. Mao Zedong and the CCP: Adaptation, Centralization, and Succession
by Yi Sun and Xiaobing Li
Chapter Three. Mao's Death and Hua Guofeng's Tragedy
by Guangqiu Xu
Chapter Four. Personality and Politics: Deng Xiaoping's Return
by Jingyi Song
Part Two. Mountain Moving and Reconstruction: from Deng to Jiang
Chapter Five. Deng's Reform: Theory and Practice
by Enbao Wang
Chapter Six. Grooming the Titan: Deng and the PLA
by Sherman Xiaogang Lai
Chapter Seven. Freedom of Speech and China's Democratization
by Shuming Lu and Changfu Chang
Chapter Eight. Jiang Zemin: Technocrats vs. Bureaucratic System
by Liying Li and Denise Mowder
Part Three. Institution, Regulation, and Globalization: from Jiang to Hu
Chapter Nine. Mapping the Power-Capital Economy: Chinese Reform in Jiang's Era
by George Zhaohui Hong
Chapter Ten. Political Institutionalization and New Civil-Military Relations
by Pingchao Zhu
Chapter Eleven. Legal Reform Under Jiang
by Qiang Fang
Chapter Twelve. One System, Two Frames: News Reports on the WTO and SARS
by Changfu Chang
Chapter Thirteen. Hu Jintao's Rhetoric on Building a Modern Humane Government
by Shaorong Huang
Part Four. Struggle, Society, and Stability: from Hu to Xi
Chapter Fourteen. China's Evolving Civil Society and Grassroots Empowerment
by Jieli Li
Chapter Fifteen. Internet and Public Opinion: An Engine for Political Transformation?
by Zhinuo Wang
Chapter Sixteen. When Congqing Challenges Beijing: The Bo Xilai Case
by Xiansheng Tian
Chapter Seventeen. The Unity and Stability: Xi Jinping's Promise and the CCP's Future
by Xiaoxiao Li
Conclusion. Chinese Characters—Transformation and Continuity
by Xiaobing Li and Xiansheng Tian
Selected Bibliography
This ambitious project has involved a group of very prominent scholars who have discussed a whole range of important topics concerning China’s developments in recent decades. The book is useful for scholars, government officials as well as college students who are interested in China.
Shiping Hua, University of Louisville


This wide-ranging, provocative, and multi-disciplinary collection of essays by U.S.-based Chinese scholars discusses most of the core problems facing China, a rising power, whose domestic and international trajectory is of vital importance to all concerned observers. Focusing in part on the leaders who have guided China's development over the past six decades, it embraces widely differing perspectives ranging from quite positive to quite critical. Included are some real gems.
Steven I. Levine, University of Montana


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