IAS 4064 - Current Issues In Contemporary Chinese Politics
China rose to power in three decades after the tumultuous Maoist era was over. Today, it is a focus to policy makers and political researchers around the world. Economic and political reforms save the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, but the consequent dramatic changes in Chinese society bring new challenges to the persistence of the Chinese authoritarian state.
This course provides an introduction to Chinese government and politics. It explores how imperial and communist legacies shape Chinese politics and daily life, and discusses how Chinese government operates and sustains stability while facing various domestic and international challenges. Topics include the Chinese political history since Qing dynasty, economic and political reforms, political system, inequality and corruption, public resistance, media, ethnic conflicts, environmental policies, population policies, and international relations.