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China in the 1990s, 2nd Edition

Now updated with a chapter-length afterword by the editors on the end of the Deng era and its aftermath, China in the 1990s provides a comprehensive survey of a nation in transition. An understanding of this complex process requires a multidisciplinary and multidimensional approach, which the editors have achieved by bringing together experts from Britain, the United States, Europe, Australia, and Hong Kong who examine China's economic, political, military, cultural and social achievements and problems.

The difficulties China still faces are enormous, some of them of its own making: pollution, urban sprawl, the insecurity of food supplies, the risks of political authoritarianism and the perils of liberalisation. Its population is still growing dramatically and is likely to be 1.5 billion by 2015, three times what it was when the P.R.C. was established in 1949. But since embarking on a reform programme which, at the time seemed experimental and hard to reconcile with official ideology, it has gone from being the 'sick man of Asia' to being one of the world's largest and fastest developing economies in what now looks to be a remarkably effective and well-managed transition.

292 pages

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Foreword to the Revised Edition


List of Contributors

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Perspectives on the 1990s

1. The Tiananmen Crackdown and its Legacy

2. The Decline of Ideocracy

3. China's Political Structure

4. Leadership Politics since 1989

5. Centre and Province in China

6. Civil Society

7. Justice and the Legal System in China

8. Young Offenders and Juvenile Justice

9. Collectivism, Contractualism and Crisis in the Chinese Countryside

10. Village Politics

11. New Economic Elites

12. Industry and the Urban Economy

13. The People's Liberation Army and the Market Economy

14. Trade and Development: The Political Economy of China's Open Policy

15. Gender in China

16. Population and Family Policies

17. Family Strategies: Securing the Future

18. Social Welfare Reforms

19. Chinese Literature and Film in the 1990s

20. China's Foreign Policy in the Post-1989 Era

21. China and the Pacific Rim

Afterword: China: Reforms and Beyond


Guide to Further Reading



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