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Party vs. State in Post-1949 China
The Institutional Dilemma

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  • Date Published: July 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521588195

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  • This book provides the most comprehensive analysis of one of the most important issues in contemporary China: the tensions between the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese state institutions. Taking the "neo-institutionalist" approach, Zheng suggests that the Party faces an institutional dilemma: it cannot live with the state, and it cannot live without the state. It is not only conceptually constructive, but analytically imperative to distinguish the Chinese state from the Communist Party. Zheng makes efforts to overcome the tendency toward specialized scholarship at the expense of comparative and systemic understanding.

    • Insightful for specialists while lucid for students and general readers
    • Provides most comphrehensive analysis to date of Chinese state systems of people's congresses, judiciary, the military
    • Includes material on military corruption
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is an important study for understanding both the future of China and the tragedies of its communist past. Although scores of studies deal with China's government and politics, Zheng's book is virtually unique in its effort to disaggregate the "party-state." Choice

    "Shiping Zheng has succeeded in his first book in providing an interesting and comprehensive overview of Chinese politics that is not merely an updated recapitulation of what most China specialists already know. Thus his book will be of interest not only to undergraduate and graduate students in China studies (primarily Chinese politics), but to professional China watchers (academics, journalists) as well." Lowell Dittmer, Political Science Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521588195
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.478kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Understanding the state and party in China
    2. Where did the Chinese state come from?
    Part II. State-building under a Revolutionary Party: the Mao Zedong Era:
    3. Revolution, laws and party
    4. Party leadership and state administration
    5. Army-building and revolutionary politics
    6. Politics of campaigns: the Cultural Revolution
    Part III: State-building under a Reformist Party: the Deng Xiaoping Era:
    7. Reform, legal system and party rule
    8. Changing party-government relations
    9. Military modernization and party politics
    Appendix A. CCP Membership Changes, 1921–94
    Appendix B. Campaigns in China, 1950–89.

  • Author

    Shiping Zheng, University of Vermont

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