This course is primarily concerned with the transformation of Chinese communist system, government and bureaucracy, central/local relations, civil society and new media, rights movements, and political and legal reforms in the post -Mao era. The aims of the course are three-fold: Firstly, the course offers a critical examination of competing accounts of and explanations for the Chinese authoritarian government and political governance in the reform era. Secondly, the course is intended for students to gain an intimate knowledge and in-depth understanding of China's institutional change in the larger context of post-communist transition and globalization. Thirdly, the course helps students think more carefully, critically, and creatively about the political governance in contemporary China from a broader comparative perspective by looking into the power structures rooted in similar kinds of polities and societies.
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