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Remaking the Chinese State : Strategies, Society, and Security - Bruce Dickson

Remaking the Chinese State

Strategies, Society, and Security

By: Bruce Dickson (Editor), Chien-Min Chao (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 12th October 2001
ISBN: 9780415255837
Number Of Pages: 293

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After more than twenty years of economic and political reform, China is a vastly different country to that left by Mao. Almost all the characteristic policies and practices of the Maoist era have been abandoned, with the goals of revolution in foreign and domestic policy being replaced by an emphasis on economic modernization, accompanied by radical social transformation and an increasingly significant international role. Yet, despite these dramatic changes other fundamental features of China's policy remain unchanged.
This book explores the strategies of reform in China and their implications for its domestic and foreign policies. It challenges the misconceptions that no political reforms are taking place and that China is eagerly embracing capitalism. It also challenges the view that China does not abide by international norms and practices on military and security matters. Its contributors, all highly respected scholars, avoid simple generalisations about the nature of China's politics or future path, instead offering comparisons and contrasts between policy areas and regions to create a more complete picture of this complex country.

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"The value of this particular volume is that it gathers in succinct form a numberof analyses in...topical areas. The analyses presented in Remaking the Chinese State provide a thought-provoking basis from which to move forward." -Journal of Asian Studies

List of illustrationsp. vii
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: Remaking the Chinese statep. 1
Political strategies in the reform erap. 17
Rationalizing the Chinese state: The political economy of government reformp. 19
Reappraising central-local relations in Deng's China: Decentralization, dilemmas of control, and diluted effects of reformp. 46
China's agricultural reforms: A twenty-year retrospectivep. 76
The social consequences of economic reformp. 101
Clashes between reform and opening: Labor market formation in three citiesp. 103
The interdependence of state and society: The political sociology of local leadershipp. 132
The reform of state-owned enterprises in mainland China: A societal perspectivep. 157
Foreign policy and security issuesp. 169
Reform and Chinese foreign policyp. 171
Twenty years of Chinese reform: The case of non-proliferation policyp. 190
Soldiers of fortune, soldiers of misfortune: Commercialization and divestiture of the Chinese military-business complex, 1978-99p. 204
Confidence-building measures and the People's Liberation Armyp. 228
The possibility of cross-Strait political negotiationsp. 257
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780415255837
ISBN-10: 041525583X
Series: Asia's Transformations (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 293
Published: 12th October 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1