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Politics and Society in Contemporary China, 2nd edition

Elizabeth Freund Larus
Politics and Society in Contemporary China, 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-898-8
$32.50
Forthcoming August 2020/300 pages
Also of interest: Understanding Contemporary China, 5th ed., edited by Robert E Gamer and Stanley W. Toops
Praise for the previous edition:

"An ideal introductory textbook.... Larus' book is a unique contribution to the field of Chinese politics." —Jay Goulding, Pacific Affairs

"A fine introduction to major topics and issues in the study of China's recent past, present, and possible futures.... The overall organization of this book is intuitive and practical, providing a sound framework around which to organize a course." —Charlotte Lee, The China Journal

"An impressive textbook.... It is comprehensive, interprets the evolution of Chinese politics ... in an incisive and convincing manner, links the present to the past better than most such books, and (last but not least for a textbook) is quite readable." —Cal Clark, American Journal of Chinese Studies

"Highly recommended."—Choice

DESCRIPTION

This acclaimed introduction to China's politics and policies has been extensively revised and thoroughly updated not only to focus on the Xi Jinping era, but also to be even more accessible to students.

Elizabeth Larus concisely captures the dynamism of Chinese politics. From local politics to the judicial system, from minority issues to defense policy, from the Belt and Road Initiative to global political and economic statecraft, she provides a rich, thought-provoking analysis of the forces and facets of political, social, and economic change.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Freund Larus is professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington.

CONTENTS

  • Studying Chinese Politics.
  • The Historical Context.
  • From Imperial China to the Republican Era.
  • The Mao and Deng Years.
  • Politics and Society Under Xi Jinping.
  • The Structures of Politics.
  • Changing Social Dynamics.
  • The New Political Economy.
  • The Military and National Defense Policy.
  • Regional and Global Foreign Relations.
  • Conclusion.
  • China's Future?