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Susan H. Whiting
SISEA 449
Seattle Campus

Government and Politics of China

Post-1949 government and politics, with emphasis on problems of political change in modern China. Offered: jointly with POL S 442.

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Is China the next capitalist wonderland or the next evil empire? Following the U.S. media, itís easy to get confused. This course will help you get beneath media rhetoric about the Middle Kingdom by taking a closer look at the Chinese polity, society, and economy. We will address a number of important issues, including 1) the roots of the revolution that led to the establishment of the Peopleís Republic, 2) the human and institutional legacies of a planned economy and Leninist political system, 3) the nature of the transition to a more market-oriented economy, 4) the potential for democratization in a more open polity, 5) the impact of the reforms on the global environment, population growth, labor conditions, and gender relations, and, last but certainly not least, 6) Chinese nationalism, China-Taiwan relations, and US-China relations at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Susan H. Whiting
Date: 09/28/2005