Preface to the Fourth edition.- Introduction.- 1. Diversity within Unity.- 2. Political History, 1949-2012.- 3. China's New Leaders and their Challenges, 2012-Present.- 4. The Chinese Communist Party.- 5. The Central Governing Apparatus.- 6. Governance Beyond the Centre.- 7. The Chinese State and Society.- 8. Urbanization and Urban-Rural Relations.- 9. Economic Policy.- 10. Social Policy.- 11. Foreign Policy.- 12. China's Future Challenges.
Tony Saich is Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA. He has spent many years in China and visits regularly and runs training programs for senior Chinese government officials. He has published widely on Chinese contemporary history and politics.
'This book is a must-read introduction to the complex economic and political developments that have led to China's re-emergence as a global economic power.' - Niall Duggan, University College Cork, Ireland 'The strength of Saich's text is his ability to combine personal experience with a sharp analysis of the actors and structures governing Chinese politics. This new edition is his best yet: with substantial coverage of the Xi-Li government and an entirely new chapter on urbanization and rural-urban inequality, this is a crucial introduction to Chinese politics that students will find invaluable.' - Michael Barr, Newcastle University, UK Review of previous edition: '[An] excellent introductory text...insightful, readable, and well-crafted. In style and in substance this is a landmark book that ought to be considered by every teacher looking for an informative and lively way to introduce...Chinese politics.' - Roy F. Grow, Journal of Asian Studies Review of previous edition: 'Combining scholarly analysis with personal insights [the author] has produced a lively, readable study of China's profound - and profoundly painful - transition from Mao to Market.' - Richard Baum, University of California, Los Angeles, USA