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Faced with the usual list of paradoxes that plague our views of China: it is a communist regime with a capitalist economy; an authoritarian state with an entrepreneurial spirit; a unified nation with tendencies toward fragmentation, the contributions to this volume work to go beyond them and to seek new paths to understanding China. To do so, the essays avoid the conventional approaches toward Chinese politics that focus on either evolutionist (culturally bound) or functionalist (role bound) issues. Rather than separate state from society, these essays explore how the interweaving of these different spheres creates a hazy border between them. The contributors explore the moving frontiers between other spheres as well, such as rural and urban populations, internal evolution and external influence, and money and politics. This book does not aim to offer a new framework of analysis for understanding Chinese politics, but to open up new directions for research and study on the topic. The internationally diverse scholars in this volume offer readers an intriguing look at the present and future of China research.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312295783
ISBN-10: 0312295782
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 24mm)
Pages: 289
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Francoise Mengin

FRANCOISE MENGIN has been a Researcher at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI, Sciences Po) since 1997. JEAN-LOUIS ROCCA is currently Professor of Political Science at Renmin University of China. From1987 and 1995, he lectured as a professor in history and economics at the Catholic University of Lyons. He is a member of the EU-China Academic Network sponsored by the European Commission.

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