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Holding China Together

Holding China Together
Diversity and National Integration in the Post-Deng Era

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Barry J. Naughton, Dali L. Yang, Cheng Li, Zhiyue Bo, Susan Whiting, Dorothy J. Solinger, Yanzhong Huang, Fubin Su
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  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521837309

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  • Despite repeated predictions of collapse and disintegration, China has managed to sustain national unity and gain international stature since the 1989 Tiananmen crisis. Examining the sources and dynamics of the resilience, this volume's contributors reveal how China's leaders have adapted and reinforced key economic and political institutions. They also disclose that implementation of complex policies to regulate economic and social life (employment and migration, population planning, industrial adjustment, and regional disparities) has become more effective over time within a context of growing social and economic diversity.

    • Addresses the 'China Collapse' thesis and makes a strong argument explaining the sources of China's resilience
    • Multi-disciplinary project by specialists from political sciences and economics
    • Offers fresh perspectives on some of the most salient policy issues in contemporary Chinese political economy, including unemployment, population planning, industrial adjustment and regional development
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    Review of the hardback: 'Holding China together is an important account of how the Chinese state has reconstituted itself … The chapters of this volume are all of high quality. Naughton and Yang have captured an important trend in the development of China's political economy. This text provides a timely reminder that while everyone recognizes that China's economy is undergoing rapid change, there is more change in the political system than meets the eye.' International Affairs

    Review of the hardback: 'This book is an excellent collection of essays that makes a major contribution to our understanding of contemporary China. … This is a first-class volume which makes an important contribution to Chinese Studies and to broader political science debates on state capacity. Many chapters will be used in courses on Chinese politics and scholars researching issues of state capacity will inevitably have to refer both to this book's overall conclusions and to the individual case studies.' The China Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521837309
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    List of contributors
    Holding China together: introduction Barry J. Naughton and Dali L. Yang
    Part I. The Institutions for Political and Economic Control: Adaptation of a Hierarchical System:
    1. Political localism versus institutional restraints: elite recruitment in the Jiang era Cheng Li
    2. The institutionalization of elite management in China Zhiyue Bo
    3. The cadre evaluation system at the grass roots: the paradox of party rule Susan Whiting
    4. Economic transformation and state rebuilding in China Dali L. Yang
    Part II. Case Studies of Policy Implementation:
    5. Policy consistency in the midst of the Asian crisis: managing the furloughed and the farmers in three cities Dorothy J. Solinger
    6. Population control and state coercion in China Yanzhong Huang and Dali L. Yang
    7. The political economy of industrial restructuring in China's coal industry, 1992–9 Fubing Su
    8. The western development program Barry J. Naughton

  • Editors

    Barry J. Naughton, University of California, San Diego

    Dali L. Yang, University of Chicago


    Barry J. Naughton, Dali L. Yang, Cheng Li, Zhiyue Bo, Susan Whiting, Dorothy J. Solinger, Yanzhong Huang, Fubin Su

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