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  1. Texts 4 items
    There are several useful books on Chinese politics and political history. You may find it helpful to buy one of them, though they are available in the library:
    1. Governance and politics of China - Tony Saich 2015

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase This is probably the most useful for our course.

    2. China's political system 2017

      Book Recommended

    3. China's challenges - Jacques deLisle, Avery Goldstein c2015

      Book Recommended

    4. A bitter revolution: China's struggle with the modern world - Rana Mitter, Dawson Books 2004 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended See: Chapters 1 and 2.

  2. Journals 9 items
    There are several journals devoted entirely to China that you should also consult, particularly when writing your essay:
    1. China information: Zhongguo qing bao - Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden. Documentatiecentrum voor het Huidige China 1986]- (electronic resource =)

      Journal 

    2. The China journal: Chung-kuo yen chiu - Australian National University. Contemporary China Centre, JSTOR (Organization), Thomson Gale (Firm) 1995- (electronic resource =)

      Journal 

    3. The China quarterly - Congress for Cultural Freedom, International Association for Cultural Freedom, University of London. Contemporary China Institute, University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies 1960- (electronic resource)

      Journal 

    4. Journal of contemporary China: Dang dai Zhongguo - Center for Modern China (electronic resource =)

      Journal 

    5. Modern China - JSTOR (Organization), Thomson Gale (Firm) 1975- (electronic resource)

      Journal 

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      The following newspapers and magazines regularly report on Chinese affairs:

  3. Internet Resources 22 items
    In addition to published sources, you will benefit greatly from keeping abreast of the latest news and debates on China. The following websites are especially useful to enable full and up-to-date engagement with the empirical issues on the course:
    1. China Digital Times (CDT)

      Website  A great source of Chinese language items translated into English

    2. The China Beat

      Website  A blog run by academics which looks at English-language media coverage of China

    3. Danwei - Media, Internet, Consumers & Government in China

      Website  A website and research firm that tracks China’s media and internet

    4. China in the News

      Website  Very useful listing of news in English on China

    5. China Development Brief

      Website  Latest News on China’s social development

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      International governmental organisations:

    7. Asian Development Bank

      Website  For information on development projects funded by this body.

    8. UN Unsere Nation China

      Webpage  For information on development projects

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      International NGO websites:

    10. The Carter Center

      Webpage  The Carter Center is carrying out on-going research on the village elections and good governance in China. A version of the village elections law is published on this site.

    11. Chinadialogue

      Website  For information about recent developments in Chinese environmental politics.

    12. China Leadership Monitor | Hoover Institution

      Webpage  China Leadership Monitor tracks the changes in Chinese leadership and posts interesting articles by leading scholars of contemporary China.

    13. My China News Digest

      Website  China News Digest is a non-profit US-based organisation aiming to provide independent news coverage of China and Chinese affairs.

    14. Human Rights Watch : Asia

      Webpage  Human Rights Watch, Asia Section, is another active campaigning and research organisation.

    15. China Environment Forum | Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars

      Webpage  Has information and articles about Chinese environmental civil society.

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      Official Chinese government sites:

    17. Chinadaily European

      Website  China's official English language newspaper.

    18. National Bureau of Statistics of China

      Webpage  This is the official statistical office for China that publishes the China Statistical Yearbook.

    19. People's Daily Online

      Website  Official information includes material on the governmental system as well as government White Papers (English language version).

  4. Reading List: 198 items
    1. Week 1: The Chinese Communist Party 9 items
      1. Lecture: The Chinese Communist Party

         

      2. Essential reading: 2 items
        1. Governance and politics of China - Tony Saich 2015

          Book Essential See: Chapters 1-4.

      3. Further reading on the lecture topic: 3 items
        1. Governance and politics of China - Tony Saich 2015

          Book Further See: Chapter 4.

        2. China's political system 2017

          Book Further See: Chapter 2.

      4. Background reading on China's modern political history 3 items
        1. The Chinese Cultural Revolution: a history - Paul Clark 2008

          Book Further

        2. A bitter revolution: China's struggle with the modern world - Rana Mitter, Dawson Books 2004 (electronic resource)

          Book Further See: especially chapters 1 and 2.

        3. China under Mao: a revolution derailed - Andrew G. Walder 2015

          Book Further

    2. Week 2: Governing China 23 items
      1.  Lecture: Government institutions and how the CCP controls them

      2. Reading on the lecture topic: 2 items
        1. Governance and politics of China - Tony Saich 2015

          Book Essential See: Chapter 5.

        2. Handbook of the politics of China 2015

          Book Essential See: Xu and Yang, ‘The Central Government’, pp. 85-88.

      3. Essential reading for the seminar 20 items
        1. Official reports on the the 19th Party Congress

        2. Summaries of the congress, such as:

        3.  

          Search the following sites for analysis of the 19th Party Congress:

        4. Also consider analysis written in advance of the congress, for example:

    3. Week 3: The National People’s Congress, and the legal and electoral systems 19 items
      1.  Lecture: The National People's Congress and the legal and electoral systems

      2. Required reading for the seminar: 3 items
        1. Governance and politics of China - Tony Saich 2015

          Book Essential See: Chapter 5, pp. 146-153.

      3. Further reading for the seminar: 4 items
        1. The China quarterly - Congress for Cultural Freedom, International Association for Cultural Freedom, University of London. Contemporary China Institute, University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies 1960- (electronic resource)

          Journal Further See: other papers from the special section of The China Quarterly, issue number 232, December 2017, on ‘The PLA in the Xi Jinping Era’.

        2. Handbook of the politics of China 2015

          Book Further See: Ji, Y. ‘Post-Deng Transformation of the People’s Liberation Army: changes, continuities and consequences’, pp. 117-134.

      4. Reading on the lecture topic: 11 items
        1. The paradox of China's post-Mao reforms - Merle Goldman, Roderick MacFarquhar 1999

          Book  See: Tanner, M.S. ‘The National People’s Congress'.

        2. Engaging the law in China: state, society, and possibilities for justice 2005

          Book 

        3. China's long march toward rule of law - R. P. Peerenboom 2002

          Book 

        4. Collective democracy: political and legal reform in China - Zhiyu Shi c1999

          Book 

        5. Domestic law reforms in post-Mao China - Pitman B. Potter, Association for Asian Studies. Meeting c1994

          Book 

        6. Policing Chinese politics: a history - Michael R. Dutton c2005

          Book 

    4. Week 4: Local people’s congresses and local government 18 items
      1. Lecture: Local people's congresses and local government

      2. Required reading for the seminar: 2 items
      3. Additional reading on people's congresses 3 items
      4. Reading on the lecture topic: 12 items
        1. Governance and politics of China - Tony Saich 2015

          Book  See: Chapter 6.

        2. Local people's congresses in China: development and transition - Young Nam Cho 2009

          Book 

        3. On village elections 9 items
          1. Governance in China - Jude Howell 2004

            Book  See: Jakobson, L. ‘Local Governance: Village and Township Direct Elections’.

    5. Week 5: Policy making and implementation 14 items
      1. Lecture: How policy is made in China and debates over the influences of leaders and the bureaucracy

      2. Essential reading for seminar discussion: 3 items
      3.  

        IN THIS WEEK'S SEMINAR WE WILL ALSO DISCUSS WHAT MAKES A GOOD ESSAY AND A GOOD PRESENTATION, AND HOW TO WRITE AN ESSAY OUTLINE.

      4. Further reading on the lecture topic: 9 items
        1. Policy implementation in post-Mao China - David M. Lampton, Joint Committee on Chinese Studies (U.S.), Mershon Center for Education in National Security, Conference sponsored by the Joint Committee on Chinese Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Mershon Center of Ohio State University 1987

          Book 

        2. Bureaucracy, politics, and decision making in post-Mao China - Kenneth Lieberthal, David M. Lampton c1992

          Book  See: especially chapters by Hamrin, Halpern.

        3. Policy making in China: leaders, structures, and processes - Kenneth Lieberthal, Michel Oksenberg c1988

          Book 

        4. Bureaucracy, politics, and decision making in post-Mao China - Kenneth Lieberthal, David M. Lampton c1992

          Book  See: Lieberthal, Kenneth. ‘Introduction: The Fragmented Authoritarianism Model and its Limitations’.

        5. The origins of the cultural revolution - Roderick MacFarquhar, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Columbia University. East Asian Institute, Columbia University. Research Institute on Communist Affairs 1974-1997 (electronic resource)

          Book  See: vol. 1 Contradictions Among the People, 1956—57.

        6. Handbook of the politics of China 2015

          Book  See: Naughton, B. ‘Economic Policy’, pp. 165-186.

        7. The dynamics of Chinese politics - Lucian W. Pye c1981

          Book 

    6. Week 6: Governing Society 34 items
      1. Lecture: How the Chinese party-state 'manages' society and delivers public goods

         

      2. Required reading (all students) for the seminar: 2 items
        1. Legal Documents Related to the Social Credit System

          Webpage Essential See: Through a glass, darkly: what foreign media misses in China’s social credit. See also this site for translated party-state documents on the social credit system.

      3. Further reading on the seminar topic: 15 items
        1. Internal migration in contemporary China - Delia Davin 1999

          Book 

        2. China on the move: migration, the state, and the household - C. Cindy Fan 2008

          Book 

        3. Contesting citizenship in urban China: peasant migrants, the state, and the logic of the market - Dorothy J. Solinger, American Council of Learned Societies c1999 (electronic resource)

          Book 

      4. Further reading on the lecture topic: 16 items
        1. Legitimacy 6 items
          1. Chinese politics: state, society and the market - Peter Hays Gries, Stanley Rosen, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010 (electronic resource)

            Book  See: Shue, Vivienne. ‘Legitimacy Crisis in China?’, Chapter 2.

          2. Regime legitimacy in contemporary China: institutional change and stability - Thomas Heberer, Gunter Schubert, Dawson Books 2009 (electronic resource)

            Book  See: especially chapters by Holbig, Schubert.

        2. Public opinion and public goods provision 7 items
          1. Chinese politics: state, society and the market - Peter Hays Gries, Stanley Rosen, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010 (electronic resource)

            Book  See: Frazier, Mark. ‘Popular responses to China’s emerging welfare state’, Chapter 12.

          2. Creating wealth and poverty in postsocialist China - Deborah Davis, Feng Wang, Ebooks Corporation Limited c2009 (electronic resource)

            Book  See: Han and Whyte, ‘The Social Contours of Distributive Injustice Feelings in Contemporary China’.

          3. China's Contentious Pensioners - William Hurst and Kevin J. O'Brien 2002

            Article 

          4. Governance and politics of China - Tony Saich 2015

            Book  See: Chapters 7 and 10.

          5. Providing public goods in transitional China - Tony Saich 2008

            Book 

        3. The hukou system 3 items
          1. Is China Abolishing the Hukou System? - Kam Wing Chan and Will Buckingham 2008

            Article 

    7. Week 7: Regional and ethnic politics at China’s frontiers 13 items
      1. Lecture: Regional politics and ethnic policies in historical and comparative perspective

      2. Required reading (all students) for the seminar: 2 items
      3. Further reading 10 items
        1. Overseas Chinese, ethnic minorities, and nationalism: de-centering China - Elena Barabantseva c2011

          Book  See: Introduction and Conclusion.

        2. China: the pessoptimist nation - William A. Callahan, Oxford University Press 2010 (electronic resource)

          Book  See: Callahan, W. A. ‘Who is China? (1): Foreign Brothers and Domestic Strangers’.

        3. Cultural encounters on China's ethnic frontiers - Stevan Harrell, American Council of Learned Societies c1995 (electronic resource)

          Book  See: Harrell, Stevan. ‘Introduction: Civilizing Projects and the Reaction to them’.

        4. Ways of being ethnic in Southwest China - Stevan Harrell c2001

          Book 

        5. Creating the Zhuang: ethnic politics in China - Katherine Palmer Kaup 2000

          Book 

        6. Hong Kong: the anthropology of a Chinese metropolis - Grant Evans, Maria Tam 1997

          Book  See: Guldin, G.E. ‘Hong Kong Ethnicity: of Folk Models and Change’.

    8. Week 8: Civil society political participation and protest: environmental politics 34 items
      1. Lecture: The Chinese party-state's response to environmental degradation and the emergence and characteristics of Chinese environmental civil society. The problems enforcing environmental regulations.

         

      2. Required reading (all students) for the seminar: 3 items
      3. Further reading: 30 items
        1. Chinese politics: state, society and the market - Peter Hays Gries, Stanley Rosen, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010 (electronic resource)

          Book Further See: Mertha, Andrew. Society in the state: China’s nondemocratic political pluralisation’, Chapter 3

        2. Governing China: from revolution through reform - Kenneth Lieberthal c2004

          Book Further See: Chapter 10.

        3. The river runs black: the environmental challenge to China's future - Elizabeth Economy, Council on Foreign Relations 2004

          Book Further See: Chapters 3 and 5.

        4. Also, look for information about environmental civil society on:

        5. Rural protest and resistance 12 items
          1. Taxation without representation in rural China - Thomas P. Bernstein, Xiaobo Lü 2003

            Book 

          2. Regime legitimacy in contemporary China: institutional change and stability - Thomas Heberer, Gunter Schubert, Dawson Books 2009 (electronic resource)

            Book  See: Gobel C., The peasant's rescue from the cadre? (chapter 2).

          3. Chinese politics: state, society and the market - Peter Hays Gries, Stanley Rosen, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010 (electronic resource)

            Book  See; Ho P., Contesting rural spaces: land disputes, customary tenure and the state (chapter 4).

          4. The China Quarterly

            Journal  See: Contribution of Li and O'Brien to the Special Issue in 2000 on democracy, for discussion of village elections.

          5. Chinese politics: state, society and the market - Peter Hays Gries, Stanley Rosen, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010 (electronic resource)

            Book  See: Li L. and O'Brien K., Protest leadership in rural China (chapter 4).

          6. The paradox of China's post-Mao reforms - Merle Goldman, Roderick MacFarquhar 1999

            Book  See: Li L. and O'Brien K., The struggle over village election.

          7. Rightful resistance in rural China - Kevin J. O'Brien, Lianjiang Li 2006

            Book 

          8. Rural Protest - Kevin J. O'Brien 2009

            Article 

          9. Rightful resistance in rural China - Kevin J. O'Brien, Lianjiang Li 2006

            Book 

          10. The transformation of rural China - Jonathan Unger c2002

            Book 

          11. Chinese politics: state, society and the market - Peter Hays Gries, Stanley Rosen, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010 (electronic resource)

            Book  See: Wright T., Tenuous tolerance in China's countryside (chapter 5).

    9. Week 9: Media politics and internet censorship 19 items
      1. REVISED REQUIRED READINGS 5 items
        1. EVERYONE 1 item
        2. GROUP A 1 item
        3. GROUP B 1 item
        4. GROUP C 1 item
        5. GROUP D 1 item
      2. Further reading: 14 items
        1. China's thought management 2014

          Book 

        2. Chinese politics: state, society and the market - Peter Hays Gries, Stanley Rosen, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential See Thornton P., Censorship and surveillance in Chinese cyberspace: beyond the Great Firewall (chapter 8).

        3. Media, identity, and struggle in twenty-first-century China - Rachel Murphy, Vanessa L. Fong 2009

          Book  See: Damm J., The internet and the fragmentation of Chinese Society (chapter 5).

        4. Regime legitimacy in contemporary China: institutional change and stability - Thomas Heberer, Gunter Schubert, Dawson Books 2009 (electronic resource)

          Book  See: Fischer D., Censorship and marketization: institutional change withing China's media (chapter 8).

        5. Chinese media, global contexts - Jinquan Li 2009, c2003

          Book 

        6. China ink: the changing face of Chinese journalism - Judy Polumbaum, Lei Xiong c2008

          Book 

        7. New media for a new China - James Francis Scotton, William A. Hachten, MyiLibrary c2010 (electronic resource)

          Book 

        8. Chinese society: change, conflict and resistance - Elizabeth J. Perry, Mark Selden, Dawson Books c2010 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential See: Thorton P., The new cybersects: popular religion, repression and resistance (chapter 9)

        9. Media, market, and democracy in China: between the party line and the bottom line - Yuezhi Zhao c1998

          Book 

    10. Week 10: What kind of political system: state capitalism, a variety of authoritarianism, or ‘democracy with Chinese characteristics’? 15 items
      1. Lecture: What kind of political system does China have today and where is it going under Xi Jinping?

         

        WE WILL ALSO DISCUSS YOUR ASSESSED ESSAYS.

      2. Required reading (all students) for the seminar: 1 item
      3. Further reading: 13 items
        1. China's challenges - Jacques deLisle, Avery Goldstein c2015

          Book  See: Introductuion, pp. 1-24.

        2. China's challenges - Jacques deLisle, Avery Goldstein c2015

          Book 

        3. The China Quarterly

          Journal  See: Article by Fewsmith on leadership change in vol. 173 .

        4. China's leadership in the 21st century: the rise of the fourth generation - David Michael Finkelstein, Maryanne Kivlehan c2003

          Book 

        5. China's new rulers: the secret files - Andrew J. Nathan, Bruce Gilley 2003

          Book  See: Chapter 7.

        6. China's trapped transition: the limits of developmental autocracy - Minxin Pei 2006

          Book 

        7. China's future - David L. Shambaugh 2016

          Book 

        8. China: fragile superpower - Susan L. Shirk, Dawson Books 2007 (electronic resource)

          Book