The anatomy of political power in China /
Guoguang Wu.
[Singapore] : East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore : Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2005.
xi, 365 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
9789812103666, 981210366X
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[Singapore] : East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore : Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2005.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 354-357) and index.
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Wu is professor of China and Asia-Pacific relations at the Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria, Canada. Among his academic honors are a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard and a Luce Fellowship at Columbia. He has served on the editorial boards of various scholarly journals and contributed articles to an array of academic journals. One therefore might expect a weighty scholarly tome accessible only to the specialist. However, the author, a former journalist, has produced a readable volume covering all the basics for a more general audience. The book is essentially a series of essays dealing with political power in China: how it is acquired, held, asserted, and transmitted to successive leaders. Among the topics are legitimacy, political economy, ideology, political communication, reformist change, centralism and decentralism, and the rivalry between China and the US. Taken together, the essays constitute a basic textbook on the Chinese political system. The volume is well written and reads well, and is appropriate especially for undergraduates and a lay audience interested in modern China. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers, lower- and upper-division undergraduates. A. Magid emeritus, SUNY at Albany
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Table of Contents
Legitimacy crisis, political economy, and the Fifteenth Party Congressp. 3
From the July 1 speech to the Sixteenth Party Congress: ideology, party construction, and leadership transitionp. 27
Checks and balances with Chinese characteristics : transitional structures of political power in the Jiang Zemin erap. 49
The return of ideology : struggling to organize politics during socio-economic transitionsp. 96
"Documentary politics" : hypotheses, process, and case studiesp. 99
Command communication : the politics of editorial formulation in the People's dailyp. 116
One head, many mouths : diversifying press structures in reform Chinap. 139
The dilemmas of participation in political reform of China, 1986-1988p. 165
Making entrepreneurship work for socialism? : institutional changes of state-enterprise relations in reform Chinap. 181
Personnel control, provincial autonomy, and flux of political localismp. 206
From partial liberty to minimal democracy : the political agenda of post-reform China in debatep. 232
Conducting dialogue under strategic conflict : Sino-American relations in fluxp. 255
Conflicts intensify, dialogue continues : Sino-American relations into the new centuryp. 284
Passions, politics, and politicians : Beijing between Taipei and Washingtonp. 318
The politics of an interim truce in the Taiwan Straitp. 341
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