Skip to main content

Politics of Contemporary China

Politics of Contemporary China 1
Topics Covered
  • The Communist Revolution
  • Maoist in theory and practice
  • China and the superpowers under Mao
  • From revolutionary party to ruling party
  • The basis of economic reform under Deng
  • China Deconstructs? Central Power and Localism under Reform
  • Sources of Opposition to Communist Party Rule
  • The political economy of corruption (and its consequences)
  • The political economy of environmental collapse
  • Changing China: The still poor, the new poor, and the growth of inequality
  • Joining the Capitalist(s) Global Economy
  • The role and significance of nationalism
  • China and the South
  • International Relations in a unipolar world: Hegemony, Polarity and Sino-US Relations
  • Sino-Japanese Relations
  • Cross Straits relations
  • China’s military abilities and ambitions: Is there a China Challenge?
  • Chinese conceptions of Chinese (in)security
  • Will China rule the world?

Home to nearly a quarter of the world’s population with one of the fastest growing (and now largest) Politics of Contemporary China 2economies in the world, China’s rise to Great Power status is one of the most important issues in of our time. But while the focus on China’s international interactions might point to China’s increasing power and strength, an analysis of domestic politics reveals a ruling communist party facing continued challenges in justifying its continued monopoly of power, and dealing with the economic and social dislocations that rapid economic transformations have brought. This module links the study of both the domestic political economy and the international relations of contemporary China, in order to identify exactly what type of Great Power China is becoming, and what this means for the nature of the global order. It starts by embedding the study of the contemporary in a knowledge of China’s recent history, with a focus on the consequences of China’s revolutionary past for the current political order.

The module aims to:-

  • Provide students with a thorough overview of how government and politics are organised and function in the People’s Republic of China
  • Introduce students to the complex and distinct nature of Chinese politics, along with their historical and theoretical basis
  • Locate the theoretical debates on the nature of the Chinese political system within the contexts of both contemporary Chinese politics and modern Chinese history
  • Introduce students to the nature, and impact, of China’s international relations, and broader international interactions

Module Director:

 Shaun Breslin