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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
ISBN: 978-1-62637-933-6
2020/323 pages/LC: 2020028161
Also of interest: Understanding Contemporary China, 5th ed., edited by Robert E Gamer and Stanley W. Toops
"A wonderful starting point for anyone seeking to understand the politics and society of China today."—Chen Shen, American Journal of Chinese Studies

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


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.


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


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