ISBN 9789381904602,Contemporary Chinese Political Thought: Debates and Perspectives

Contemporary Chinese Political Thought: Debates and Perspectives



Knowledge World Publishers

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789381904602

ISBN-10 938190460X


Number of Pages 304 Pages
Language (English)


Consumed for nearly a century byinternal and external struggles, China has finally gained apreeminent place in the global community of nations. Chinas stepstoward free market capitalism have opened the country to theoutside world and raised Western hopes for increaseddemocratization. The Chinese, however, have developed their ownstyle of capitalism, which outsiders tend to analyze through thelens of their own ideologies, distorting their understanding of thenations goals and policies. Although popular belief still regardsChina as a traditional communist or Maoist country, most observersfail to realize how much the Chinese political system has evolvedand diversified in the last fifty years. In Contemporary ChinesePolitical Thought: Debates and Perspectives, Fred Dallmayr and ZhaoTingyang assemble essays by leading Chinese intellectuals toilluminate the political ideas shaping the rapidly changing nation.The contributors amine Chinas dominant intellectual trends,focusing on the interlocking arenas of politics, economics, andculture. They investigate such topics as the advantages anddisadvantages of the popular China, or China Consensus theory,which advocates mixed ownership, individual property rights, andgovernment intervention in the economy. Exploring the resurgence ofChinese Confucianism, the tenets of New Leftism (or post-Maoistleftism), and the evolution of liberal socialism, the book offerskeen insights into the relationship between rapid economic growthand political stability and the governments role in mediatingbetween them. Comprising a broad range of opinions andperspectives, Contemporary Chinese Political Thought moves beyondthe usual analytical frameworks toward what Dallmayr and Zhaodescribe as a dismantling of ideological straitjackets.Knowledgeable observers have said that modern China is economicallyliberal, ulturally Confucian, and politically socialist, but thesethree orientations also intersect and challenge each other in acomplex fabric of ideas struggling for ominence. ContemporaryChinese Political Thought is the most current, comprehensive surveyof modern Chinese political attitudes and discourse available inEnglish