Contemporary China : A History since 1978

By: Zheng, YongnianMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandBlackwell History of the Contemporary World: Publisher: Somerset : Wiley, 2013Description: 1 online resource (244 p.)ISBN: 9781118538012Subject(s): China - History - 2002-Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Contemporary China : A History since 1978DDC classification: 951.05 LOC classification: DS779.2.Z4364 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
A HISTORY OF THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD; Title page; Copyright page; Figures and Tables; Series Editor's Preface; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: The Maoist Legacy; Political System; State-Society Relations; Economic System; Elite Politics; Maoism: Experiment and Failure; Chapter 2: Elite Politics; Elite Politics after Mao; Deng Xiaoping Era, 1978-89; Jiang Zemin Era, 1989-2002; Hu Jintao Era, 2002-12; Conclusion; Chapter 3: Economic Reform; Reform under Deng Xiaoping (1978-92); Economic Reform under Zhu Rongji (1993-2002); Economic Reform under Wen Jiabao (2003-2013)
Structural Change in the Reform EraChinese Economic Reform at the Crossroads; Chapter 4: Globalization; Foreign Trade; The Evolution of China's Trade Polices; Impacts of Foreign Trade; Foreign Investment; Pattern of Foreign Investment; The Evolution of Foreign Investment Policies; Impacts of Foreign Investment; Chapter 5: Civil Society; Market Economy and Political Interests; The Expansion of the Private Sector and Private Space; The Rise of the Middle Class; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); Social Media and Netizens; Conclusion; Chapter 6: Social Discontent
Income Disparities and Social GrievancePolitical Distrust; Rural Protests; Labor Protests; Middle-Class Protests; Ethnic Conflicts; Conclusion; Chapter 7: Cultural Changes; The Rise of Liberalism in the 1980s; Nationalism Since the 1990s; The New Left; The Cultural Renaissance Movement; Conclusion; Chapter 8: De Facto Federalism; Economic Reform and De Facto Federalism; Intergovernmental Decentralization; Decentralization and Its Consequences; Selective Recentralization; State Incapacity; De facto Federalism and China's Foreign Policy; Conclusion; Chapter 9: Social Policy Reform
Social Policy under JiangSocial Policy Reform under Hu; Dynamics of Social Policy Reform; Education; Health Care; Housing; Conclusion; Chapter 10: Bureaucracy and Governance; Dynamics of Restructuring the Bureaucratic State; The 1982 Restructuring by Zhao Ziyang; The 1988 and 1993 Restructurings by Li Peng; The 1998 Institutional Reform under Zhu Rongji; The 2003 and 2008 Reforms by Wen Jiabao; Conclusion; Chapter 11: Democratization; Socioeconomic Transformation and Political Changes; Hegemonization: Domination and Legitimation; Rationalizing Party-State Relations
Hegemonization and Social ParticipationConclusion; Selected Bibliography; Index
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A HISTORY OF THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD; Title page; Copyright page; Figures and Tables; Series Editor's Preface; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: The Maoist Legacy; Political System; State-Society Relations; Economic System; Elite Politics; Maoism: Experiment and Failure; Chapter 2: Elite Politics; Elite Politics after Mao; Deng Xiaoping Era, 1978-89; Jiang Zemin Era, 1989-2002; Hu Jintao Era, 2002-12; Conclusion; Chapter 3: Economic Reform; Reform under Deng Xiaoping (1978-92); Economic Reform under Zhu Rongji (1993-2002); Economic Reform under Wen Jiabao (2003-2013)

Structural Change in the Reform EraChinese Economic Reform at the Crossroads; Chapter 4: Globalization; Foreign Trade; The Evolution of China's Trade Polices; Impacts of Foreign Trade; Foreign Investment; Pattern of Foreign Investment; The Evolution of Foreign Investment Policies; Impacts of Foreign Investment; Chapter 5: Civil Society; Market Economy and Political Interests; The Expansion of the Private Sector and Private Space; The Rise of the Middle Class; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); Social Media and Netizens; Conclusion; Chapter 6: Social Discontent

Income Disparities and Social GrievancePolitical Distrust; Rural Protests; Labor Protests; Middle-Class Protests; Ethnic Conflicts; Conclusion; Chapter 7: Cultural Changes; The Rise of Liberalism in the 1980s; Nationalism Since the 1990s; The New Left; The Cultural Renaissance Movement; Conclusion; Chapter 8: De Facto Federalism; Economic Reform and De Facto Federalism; Intergovernmental Decentralization; Decentralization and Its Consequences; Selective Recentralization; State Incapacity; De facto Federalism and China's Foreign Policy; Conclusion; Chapter 9: Social Policy Reform

Social Policy under JiangSocial Policy Reform under Hu; Dynamics of Social Policy Reform; Education; Health Care; Housing; Conclusion; Chapter 10: Bureaucracy and Governance; Dynamics of Restructuring the Bureaucratic State; The 1982 Restructuring by Zhao Ziyang; The 1988 and 1993 Restructurings by Li Peng; The 1998 Institutional Reform under Zhu Rongji; The 2003 and 2008 Reforms by Wen Jiabao; Conclusion; Chapter 11: Democratization; Socioeconomic Transformation and Political Changes; Hegemonization: Domination and Legitimation; Rationalizing Party-State Relations

Hegemonization and Social ParticipationConclusion; Selected Bibliography; Index

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With the world's second-largest economy in terms of nominal GDP, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has endured debilitating duress, beginning with the Great Leap Forward in 1955 and ending with the death of Mao in 1976. Zheng (National Univ. of Singapore) has penned a remarkably digestible and concise analysis of the post-Mao turmoil, pinpointing the remarkable turnaround on the rise of Deng Xiaoping and the PRC's shift to economic pragmatism. The author covers the key turning points in China's economic, political, and social transformation of the past three decades. Starting with Deng's reforms and open-door policy, the book chronologically traces the layers of leadership from Jiang Zemin to Hu Jintao and, most recently, the Xi Jinping administration, for a closer examination of different leadership styles and politicking behind the scenes as the country grappled to meet demands for political participation from a citizenry rife with social unrest. Treading on new territory for this vastly ancient civilization, contemporary China struggles to situate itself in a globalized market economy with the rest of the developed world on the one hand while stemming the tide for democratization with Chinese values on the other. Zheng makes a marvelous attempt at dissecting this modern anomaly for readers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. A. Cho University of British Columbia

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Yongnian Zheng is Professor and Director of East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore. He has authored many books, including The Chinese Communist Party as Organizational Emperor , Will China Become Democratic? , Globalization and State Transformation in China , and Discovering Chinese Nationalism in China . He has also edited and co-edited several volumes, and is a columnist for newspapers in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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