China's Political Reforms: An Interim Report

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Praeger, 1988 - Political Science - 158 pages

Stavis places the question of reform in a broad historical and comparative context, linking contemporary China both to its past and the to experiences of other communist countries--thereby proving a valuable text for academics in political science, comparative politics, and political sociology. China's Political Reforms examines the reasons for, the means of, and the obstacles to political reform in China. [This] volume offers many valuable insights about Chinese politics of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as an important general lesson. . . . The author must be commended for this comprehensive and original work, but also for setting high standards for Sino-American research cooperation. The Review of Politics

Pressure for political reform has been great in China throughout the twentieth century and remains undiminished in the late 1980's. This important new volume places the question of reform in a broad historical and comparative context, linking contemporary China both to its past and the to experiences of other communist countries--thereby proving a valuable text for academics in political science, comparative politics, and political sociology .China's Political Reforms examines the reasons for, the means of, and the obstacles to political reform in China. A detailed report based on discussions with participants is provided of the student demonstrations in December 1986. In addition, conservative backlashes at moves toward political reforms such as the demonstration are analyzed, along with policy choices available for China's future.

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Contents

Policies of Reform
39
oni t Obstacles to Reform
89
The Conservative Backlash
111
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BENEDICT STAVIS is Professor at the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Iowa.

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