Tony Saich's "Governance and Politics of China"

Governance and Politics of China

3rdedition, Palgrave Macmillan

Anthony Saich
Daewoo Professor of International Affairs
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation


Lavish spectacles such as the Beijing Olympics and Expo 2010 have raised China's global profile and echoed predictions of a rise to the position of a major world actor. Yet moves towards a market-based economy, together with the global recession, have exacerbated a number of political and social challenges for the Chinese government. The tensions between communist and capitalist identities continue to divide society.

The People's Republic is now over sixty years old—an appropriate juncture at which to reassess the state of contemporary Chinese politics. In this substantially revised third edition, Saich delivers a thorough introduction to all aspects of politics and governance in post-Mao China, taking full account of the changes of the Seventeenth Party Congress and Eleventh National People's Congress. Recent political, economic and social developments are also examined.

Notable Quotes

“[An] excellent introductory text…insightful, readable, and well-crafted. In style and in substance this is a landmark book that ought to be considered by every teacher looking for an informative and lively way to introduce…Chinese politics.”
— Roy F. Grow, Journal of Asian Studies

“Tony Saich has given us a very useful and accessible textbook…[which] compares favourably with the available alternatives…but he has also given us quite a bit more. One comes away impressed by the detail and sophistication of the work.”
— Stanley Rosen, China Journal

“Delving deep beneath the institutional façade of China's formal political structures and processes, Tony Saich describes how China is actually governed on the ground. Combining scholarly analysis with personal insights he has produced a lively, readable study of China's profound—and profoundly painful—transition from Mao to Market. Its title alone suggests that this is a textbook of a different stripe.”
— Richard Baum, University of California, USA

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