In this timely book, a group of leading scholars provides a comprehensive assessment of China's polity, economy, and society. Taking the thirtieth anniversary of Beijing's adoption of reform and opening as an occasion to reflect on the course of development over the past three decades, the contributors consider where the country may be going in the future. Just as China has had enormous success in developing its economy, it continues to face equally enormous challenges across a wide variety of issues, including inequality, social protest, energy, the environment, and a resurgence of religion. Authoritative, accessible, and current, this book will be an invaluable resource for all readers interested in the fate of a rising global power.
Joseph Fewsmith is professor of international relations and political science at Boston University.
Introduction: Three Decades of Reform and Opening Part I: Social Order Chapter 1: Popular Protest: Playing by the Rules Chapter 2: Religion: The Dynamics of Religious Growth and Change Chapter 3: The Rule of Law: Pushing the Limits of Party Rule Part II: Economics Chapter 4: Economic Growth: From High-Speed to High-Quality Chapter 5: Inequality: Overcoming the Great Divide Chapter 6: Economic Governance: Authoritarian Upgrading and Innovative Potential Part III: Politics Chapter 7: Foreign Direct Investment: Diaspora Networks and Economic Reform Chapter 8: Elite Politics: The Struggle for Normality Chapter 9: Local Elections: The Elusive Quest for Choice Chapter 10: Ideology: Its Role in Reform and Opening Part IV: Systemic Constraints Chapter 11: Central-Local Relations: The Power to Dominate Chapter 12: Energy Governance: Fueling the Miracle Chapter 13: Environmental Challenges: From the Local to the Global Conclusion: China's Next Three Decades