This course offers a conceptual framework for understanding China that highlights the intersection of politics and economics. It shows that rather than develop into a full blown market economy, state and party officials at all levels of the political system maintain significant influence in economic development. Such a “political” economy has had both positive and negative outcomes, which we will assess in detail. We also look at the origins, views, backgrounds and relations among leaders, and how those leaders make decisions about public policy and try to get those decisions implemented down through the system. China has few formal institutions through which citizens can participate in politics, but we will study the strategies Chinese people use to try to influence their leaders’ decisions. Finally, we assess China’s future and whether rapid economic development and the emergence of a vibrant middle class will push China towards greater democracy or whether the single party system is likely to survive into the future. The course is a quite useful background for Chinese Politics Part 2 – China and the World.
Chinese Politics Part 1 – China and Political ScienceThe Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Orientation and Module 1: Models of the Chinese Political System and the Structure of the Chinese Party/State
Module 2: Elite Politics in China
Module 3: Policy Process in China
Module 4: Understanding Societal Engagement in Politics in China
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TOP REVIEWS FROM CHINESE POLITICS PART 1 – CHINA AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
As someone who had a lot of prior knowledge about Chinese politics, this course gave me more dept on the topic and put my previous knowledge in order. Wonderful course.
Both enjoyable and informative. It is exactly the sort of crash course in Chinese politics I was looking for and I have been inspired to take my learning on the subject further
Fascinating and informative course. If I had to change something, I found that too often the questions often focused on details rather then understanding the material and themes.
The course provides fundamental knowledge regarding the topic. It's very organised and informative.
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