Socio-economic Development in China

 

Professor: Junhua Zhang (张俊华)
Email: j.h.zhang@gmx.net
Phone: 0086-13165977909 / 88273966
Office hours and location: by appointment at the Xixi Campus, Main Teaching Building, Rm 615.
 
Course Description:
This course is designed to enable students to get familiar with some theoretical approaches to Chinese society and political economy with focus on development strategy as well as some sectoral policies in China which have led to the country to a rising power. Students will be trained to have a good understanding of some key issues in China’s political economy as well as the country’s political structure. At the same time, they are encouraged to develop scenarios for the global developments based on the “China Factor”.  
 
Course requirements:
Students’ grade will be assessed as follows:
Active participation 20%
Paper (6-10 pages): 80%
 
 
Seminar schedule
 

No.
Date .
Topics and readings
1
 
Introduction of Chinese society, state and politics in the framework of “China Model”
 
Readings:
1.      Gries, Peter / Rosen, Stanley (Editor), (2010) Chinese Politics: State, Society and the Market, London: Routledge.
2.      McGregor, Richard (2010) The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers, London : Allen Lane
3.      Carlson, Allen / Gallagher, Mary E. / Lieberthal, Kenneth / Manion, Melanie (Editor) (2010), Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies, Cambridge University Press
4.      Halper, Stefan (2010): The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century, New York: Basic Books
 
 
 
2
 
Different stages of development and strategies in the PR of China
1.       Barry Naughton (2007): The Chinese Economy: Transition and Growth, Massachusetts: The MIT Press
2.       Teresa Wright (2010) Accepting Authoritarianism: State-Society Relations in China's Reform Era, Stanford University Press
 
 
 
3
 
China’s global responsibility on climate change
1.       Fan, Gang / Lord Stern, Nicholas (2011): The Economics of Climate Change in China: Towards a Low-Carbon Economy London : Earthscan.
2.       Harris, Paul G. (ed.) (2011): China's responsibility for climate change: Ethics, fairness and environmental policy, Policy Press.
3.       Song, Ligang / Woo, Wing Thye (2008) China's Dilemma Economic Growth, The Environment and Climate Change, ANU E Press, Asia Pacific Press, Brookings Institution Press and Social Sciences Academic Press (China).
 
 
 
4.
 
China‘s “go out strategy” and its global mercantilism – Assessing the country’s performance in Africa
1.       Sornarajah, Muthucumaraswamy / Wang, Jiangyu (Editor) (2010) China, India and the International Economic Order Cambridge University Press.
2.       Michel, Serge / Beuret, Michel / Woods, Paolo (2009) China Safari: On the Trail of Beijing's Expansion in Africa, Nation Books
 
 
 
5
 
Foreign policy discourse in China – interaction between intellectuals and policy-makers
1.       Hao, Zhidong (2003) Intellectuals at a Crossroads: The Changing Politics of China's Knowledge Workers (Suny Series, Interruptions: Border Testimony (Ies) and Critical Discourse/S), State University of New York Press
2.       Lai, Hongyi (2010) The Domestic Sources of China's Foreign Policy: Regimes, Leadership, Priorities and Process (China Policy Series), London: Routledge
3.       Guo, Sujian (2009) New Dimensions of Chinese Foreign Policy (Challenges Facing Chinese Political Development), Lexington Books
 
 
 
6
 
China’s fiscal policy
“Sunshine finance” vs. dubious finance       
1.       Bahl, Roy W. (1999) Fiscal Policy in China: Taxation and Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations,      South San Francisco, Calif. : 1990 Institute
2.       Kinkley, Jeffrey (2006) Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China: The Return of the Political Novel, Stanford University Press
3.       Man, Joyce Yanyun / Hong, Yu-Hung (2010): China's Local Public Finance in Transition, Cambridge, Mass. : Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
 
 
 
7
 
A choice between political stability and a balanced society  - assessing the new Labor Contract Law and the country’s industrial relations
1.       Pei, Minxin (2008): China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy, Harvard University Press
2.       Taylor, Bill / Chang, Kai / Li, Qi (2004) Industrial Relations in China, Edward Elgar Publication
 
 
 
8
 
China’s high-speed rail success story and its implications
for global capitalism
1.       Pereira, Luiz Carlos Bresser (2009) Globalization and Competition: Why Some Emergent Countries Succeed while Others Fall Behind,   Cambridge University Press.
2.       Saggi, Kamal (2004) International Technology Transfer to Developing Countries: Economic Paper 64 (Economic Paper Series), Stylus Pub Llc

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