It has often been argued that China will follow an incremental path to political reform, just as its economic reforms followed a gradual course. Indeed, it seemed that China was embarking on such a course in the 1990s, but political reform has stalled. This book uses case studies of prominent reform efforts to understand both why reform was started and why it has stalled. It draws on the literature on institutions and authoritarian political systems and so will appeal to students of comparative politics as well as those interested in China.
- $27.99 (Z)
A unique comparative study examining why some communist regimes remain in power, whilst others have fallen.
- $99.00 (C)
How have non-governmental organizations (NGOs) emerged in China's closed political system and what is their effect on the authoritarian regime? This book offers a groundbreaking comparative analysis of the emergence of NGOs across China in three different issue areas: environmental protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, and gay and lesbian rights. It demonstrates how organizations in different regions and issue areas must constantly adapt activities to match the changing interests of local governments and shows how, in doing so, these organizations can paradoxically strengthen, rather than weaken, the authoritarian regime.
- $90.00 (C)
In Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China, Daniela Stockmann argues that the consequences of introducing market forces to the media depend on the institutional design of the state. In one-party regimes such as China, market-based media promote regime stability rather than destabilizing authoritarianism or bringing about democracy. By analyzing the Chinese media, Stockmann ties trends of market liberalism in China to other authoritarian regimes. This book links censorship among journalists with patterns of media consumption and media's effects on public opinion.
- $95.00 (C)
This book posits that when foreign actors face high opportunity costs of intervention in a weak state, their behavior may foster state sovereignty. This occurs as foreign actors work with local groups to avoid their worst fear, domination of the polity by rivals. Drawing from primary and secondary sources, Ja Ian Chong examines this argument by considering China, Indonesia, and Thailand between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. The book augments existing perspectives on nationalism, sovereignty, and state formation by introducing insights from research on foreign intervention and local collaboration.
- $95.00 (C)
China's Security State describes the creation, evolution, and development of Chinese security and intelligence agencies as well as their role in influencing Chinese Communist Party politics throughout the party's history. Xuezhi Guo investigates patterns of leadership politics from the vantage point of security and intelligence organization and operation.
- $99.00 (C)
This book explains how Japan became a democracy, a process much more complex and interesting than merely adopting a U.S.-drafted constitution. The book's main purpose is to offer more of a grassroots perspective and holistic understanding of Japan's democratization process and examine what it means for the nation today. The book is primarily focused on understanding contemporary Japan.
- $27.99 (Z)
This book offers an empirical comparison of Chinese and Indian international strategic behavior. The book creates a framework for the systematic and objective assessment of Chinese and Indian strategic behavior in four areas: (1) strategic culture; (2) foreign policy and use of force; (3) military modernization (including defense spending, military doctrine, and force modernization); and (4) economic strategies (including international trade and energy competition).
- $34.99 (Z)