Historical Legacies What is relevant to modern Chinese politics
Why the Communists won while lacking resources and international
From a Marxist perspective it is unclear whether china was ready
o Too backward. Predominan
Post-Mao economic reforms
o Economic growth is top priority
o Ideological flexibility about means. Ideological tolerance of
o Official acceptance of private sphere, official tolerance of
political apathy: enjoy life, but dont organi
o Cultural Revolution
o Was the CR a mere raw power struggle or about genuine
o What explains its elite and mass dynamics?
o What were the legacies of the Cultural Revolution?
Power or Policy
o Power: Maos retrea
o Why didnt Russia support communists?
Thought China was too rural
Thought alliance between Nationalist and Communists would be
better against the Japanese
Stalin thought he wouldnt be able to control the communists
o Analytic Questions:
o China soft power
ODI usually hot cash or else infrastructure instead of cash like the
o Great Leap Forward
What was the rationale for a Great Leap Forward?
What were the legacies of the Great Leap Forward>
Where did it go wrong?
The CCP and Elite Politics
What is a Lenninist-type communist party?
How does the Chinese communist party exercise
leadership in governance? What are the various
organizational mechanisms that promote this?
o Leninist-type communi
o Human Rights (difference in the way they are conceptualized in China)
o Does China have a coherent view of human rights?
o How does the Chinese conception of rights serve the interests of the
o Human Rights and China
Signed UN covenan
o Concept of autonomy
5 provincial-level autonomous regions. Also autonomous
prefectures, counties, villages
Greater local control over administration of:
Not political autonomy
o Government organized NGOs
How does economic development affect the environment?
Who is affected by environmental degradation in China?
What kind of social policy exists in China?
Why doesnt the Chinese state better social services?
What do people do when they have problems with social services?
What types of reforms are underway?
Human development in
o What are the drivers of migration?
o What are the consequences of the HUKOU system and what do they
mean for social stability and economic growth?
o What challenges does the floating population pose for the government?
o What are the prospect
o Consequences of Migration
Split families, left behind children (58 million)
Limits to socio-economic mobility
o Reform proposals
A: Mechanism for changing registration status
o Benefits the