This course offers a conceptual framework for understanding China that highlights the intersection of politics and economics. It shows that rather than develop into a full blown market economy, state and party officials at all levels of the political system maintain significant influence in economic development. Such a “political” economy has had both positive and negative outcomes, which we will assess in detail. We also look at the origins, views, backgrounds and relations among leaders, and how those leaders make decisions about public policy and try to get those decisions implemented down through the system. China has few formal institutions through which citizens can participate in politics, but we will study the strategies Chinese people use to try to influence their leaders’ decisions. Finally, we assess China’s future and whether rapid economic development and the emergence of a vibrant middle class will push China towards greater democracy or whether the single party system is likely to survive into the future. The course is a quite useful background for Chinese Politics Part 2 – China and the World.
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TOP REVIEWS FROM CHINESE POLITICS PART 1 – CHINA AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
Learned a lot about China that I didn’t know and brings some things into perspective.
I have learned a lot about my roots, professor Zweig is living what he teaches.
Thank you so much to Dr Zweig and Coursera
Very informative course on China. Professor is extremely experienced and knoweledgeable about the course material.
Refreshingly vivid content and lectures. Above average discussions for social science/politics classes on Coursera. Overall big thumbs up!
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