Gpa 1070: Government and Politics in China Wang Shaoguang
and Politics in China
Monday and Wednesday 14:00-16:00
Phone number 2609-7515
Goals of this
A survey of key issues in Chinese politics that many of you may be interested in, such as:
The relations between
economic and political reforms
Rule of law
Focus of This Course: Political Change
Political change does not mean a replacement of one type of regime with another. Rather, it means transition of the regime: shifting balance between different political forces.
Chinese politics has taken many sudden turns in the last 100 years.
Chinese politics has also undergone many quite yet subtle changes.
Situation varies from region to region: More changes in some places than in others.
Identify what have changed and what have not.
Try to explain these changes.
Consider the question of where China is heading.
The homepage of this course:
Reading: light reading load
For a list of books on China, please download it from the following site:
Structure of the Course
Watch video “China Rising”
Rise of Modern China
Mao’s China and After
The State and Economy
The State and Society
The Formal Structure of Political Power
The Political Elite
Law and Policing
Participation and Election
Active participation in class discussion
A mid-term exam
A final exam
About 30% of your final grade
will be based on the mid-term
, about 60% on the final exam; and the remaining 10% on your evident grasp of the readings as indicated by your questions and informed participation in classroom discussion.
Why study Chinese politics?
How to study Chinese politics?
China in the World
China in Asia
China and Its Neighbors
s Administrative Units
Why Study Chinese Politics?
China's sheer size:
China has been undergoing consistent changes
Multiple transitions at once
Uncertain future of China
s Sheer Size
Big three comparison: China, India and the U.S.A.
The Size of the Economy
2. Consistent Changes in the Last 150 Years
Multiple Transitions at Once
From a traditional society to a modern society
From a planner economy to a market economy
From rural to urban
From low tech to high tech
From poor to not so poor
From a weak nation to a regional/global power
From an authoritarian
regime to something else
4. The Future of the Country: Impact on Others
Scenario 1: Disintegration:
The Coming Collapse of China
Scenario 2: China as #1: The Largest Economy in the World
Scenario 3: Democratization
The Coming Collapse of China?
Will China Become the Largest Economy in the World?
How to Study Chinese Politics?
Mental Maps Constrain and Misdirect
How do We Study Chinese Politics?
Be careful about your mental maps and in using
models developed elsewhere
1949-1966: Totalitarianism (the Soviet Union)
1966-1989: Pluralist approach (the United State)
1989-1995: Civil society, state-society relations (Europe), no perfect fit.
1995-2002: Neo-institutionism (Economics)
Going beyond the headline news
To understand the dynamics of Chinese politics, focus should be placed on political changes over time and regional variation in political development.
Sources for the study of Chinese politics
The Central Government of China
gives a list of books compiled by Lynn White III
Laws and regulations
wang files -> State and society in early Republican politics, 1912-18
wang files -> Review of China's Political History? All societies are in some measure the products of their past
wang files -> Political Ideologies Outline Ideology and politics
wang files -> 5. Citizen Attitude and Political Behavior Ideology vs. Political Culture Both are belief systems made up of cognitions, values, emotions
wang files -> Introduction to Comparative Politics gpa 2130
wang files -> Executive-Legislative Relations Presidential and Parliamentary Systems Outline
wang files -> The State and Economy Why was Economic Reform Necessary? Economic development is impossible unless the following three problems can be solved
wang files -> To get rich is glorious: Rising expectations, declining control, and escalating crime in contemporary China
wang files -> 2 Classification and Comparison Normative Approach of Research
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