The Logic of Chinese Politics


The Logic of Chinese Politics

Cores, Peripheries and Peaceful Rising

9781784711252 Edward Elgar Publishing
Sabrina Ching Yuen Luk, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Peter W. Preston, Emeritus Professor of Political Sociology, University of Birmingham, UK
Publication Date: 2016 ISBN: 978 1 78471 125 2 Extent: 232 pp
Europe and China have a long intermingled history reaching back to the earliest phases of the shift to the modern world. In the twenty-first century Europe and China are rediscovering their interlinked histories and reestablishing relationships. One aspect of this process involves cutting through received images of China and this book presents a clear, concise, scholarly review of the logic of Chinese politics.

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China’s growth as a major international superpower means that it is now more important than ever to understand how its politics work. Rejecting familiar discussions of China cast in terms of traditional culture, contemporary economic power or shifting official ideologies, this forward thinking work instead analyses the historically contingent mix of agents, ideas and institutions that make up the country’s political life.

This approach allows Sabrina Ching Yuen Luk and Peter W. Preston to pragmatically unpack the logic of contemporary politics in China. They trace the construction of the party-state system, note some of its major re-orientations and consider its present condition. The book also covers a range of hot policy topics including: internet sovereignty; the One Belt, One Road initiative; the South China Sea issue and the problems of the elderly empty nesters and left-behind children.

Offering a detailed yet concise treatment of key social policy areas and other complex issues, this book will serve a broad audience of students, researchers and professionals, irrespective of discipline, along with all those with an interest in China or Chinese politics.
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‘In this excellent study, the authors take a novel approach to Chinese politics and provide an impressively sophisticated analysis of a timely and policy-relevant issue. The book shows that Chinese politics is not a “black-box” as commonly assumed but explainable and predictable. It will be of great benefit to those who are interested in Chinese politics.’
– Zheng Yongnian, National University of Singapore
Contents: 1. China and the Modern World 2. China in the Early Twentieth Century: collapse, recovery and war 3. New China I: The Revolutionary Era of Mao 4. New China II: The Reforms of Deng Xiaoping 5. Contemporary China: Domestic Politics 6. Contemporary China: International Politics 7. Afterword: The Logic of Chinese Politics Index
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