This concise, thought-provoking analysis explores the political changes and economic development emblematic of a rapidly rising China.
Over the past 30 years, China has gone from the "politics in command" of the Mao era to "economic development as the central task." As a result of the transition to a market economy, foreign trade jumped from $20 billion in 1978 to over $2 trillion in 2010, an indicator of far-reaching and profound changes that affect every aspect of government and society.
Politics and Government in China is an introduction to Chinese government and politics. The book provides analysis of China's political history; its key leaders and leadership transitions; and its political party, state institutions, and party policies. Moving beyond a strict definition of politics, the book also explores the nation's economic development, social policy, law and order, and foreign relations.
Throughout these analyses, the book's primary focus is on modern China, a nation poised to become an economic superpower. It thus explores themes such as China's transition from a traditional society to a modern society, from a less developed to a rapidly growing economy, from a revolutionary regime to a modernizing state, and from the rule of man to the rule of law. Although the transitions are incomplete and the future still uncertain, this book will help readers understand China as it is—and as it may become.
• Excerpts from key policy documents and statements of leaders at critical moments
• Photos of key leaders
• A list of abbreviations, providing references to key organizations and terms
• A chronology of political events involving China from the 1911 revolution to the present
• A bibliography of key readings on Chinese politics
• Covers key issues in China's political leadership, institutions, and policy changes
• Goes beyond a narrow definition of politics to include key social, economic, and legal issues as they relate to Chinese politics
• Examines China's development in historical perspective and in an international context
• Focuses on continuity and change in Chinese politics