This reader offers the most comprehensive assessment of Chinese domestic politics available by bringing together the best recent scholarship in the field. The anthology focuses on the origin, content, and significance of the post-1989 phase of China's reform and opening to the world, commonly known in the PRC as "deep reform." These carefully selected essays by leading scholars have all been revised and updated for this text. In addition, a substantive introduction and conclusion place the articles in their broader context for readers new to the subject. With the successful transition of the leadership of the party, state, and military since 2002, the time is ripe for a comprehensive evaluation of China's deep reform as it enters a new stage. This timely reader will offer students, scholars, and policymakers invaluable insights into the dynamics of change in one of the world's emerging political and economic dynamos.
Lowell Dittmer is professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and editor of Asian Survey. Guoli Liu is associate professor of political science at the College of Charleston.
Introduction: The Dynamics of Deep Reform Chapter 1: Analysis in Limbo? Contemporary Chinese Politics amid the Maturation of Reform Part I: Leadership Change and Elite Politics Chapter 2: Leadership Coalitions and Economic Transformation in Reform China: Revisiting the Political Business Cycle Chapter 3: The Sixteenth Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party: Emerging Patterns of Power Sharing Chapter 4: Cooptation and Corporatism in China: The Logic of Party Adaptation Part II: Political and Legal Reforms Chapter 5: Political Legitimacy in China's Transition: Toward a Market Economy Chapter 6: China's Constitutionalist Option Chapter 7: Globalization, Path Dependency, and the Limits of Law: Administrative Law Reform and Rule of Law in the People's Republic of China Part III: Political Economy in Transition Chapter 8: The Process of China's Market Transition, 1978-1998: The Evolutionary, Historical, and Comparative Perspectives Chapter 9: Openness and Inequality: The Case of China Part IV: The Changing Public Sphere Chapter 10: Negotiating the State: The Development of Social Organizations in China Chapter 11: The Internet and Civil Society in China: Coevolutionary Dynamics and Digital Formations Chapter 12: Historical Echoes and Chinese Politics: Can China Leave the Twentieth Century Behind? Part V: Villagers, Elections, and Worker's Politics Chapter 13: Village Committee Elections in China: Institutionalist Tactics for Democracy Chapter 14: Villagers, Elections, and Citizenship in Contemporary China Chapter 15: Hegemony and Workers' Politics in China Part VI: Emerging Problems: The Shadow Side of Reform Chapter 16: A Broken Compact: Women's Health in the Reform Era Chapter 17: New Trends in China's Corruption: Change amid Continuity Chapter 18: Market Visions: The Interplay of Ideas and Institutions in Chinese Financial Restructuring Conclusion: China's Reform Deepening