Chinese Politics

State, Society and the Market

Written by a team of leading China scholars, this text interrogates the dynamics of state power and legitimation in 21st-century China. Despite the continuing economic successes and rising international prestige of China there has been increasing social protests over corruption, land seizures, environmental concerns, and homeowner movements. Such political contestation presents an opportunity to explore the changes occurring in China today—what are the goals of political contestation, how are Chinese Communist Party leaders legitimizing their rule, who are the specific actors involved in contesting state legitimacy today and what are the implications of changing state-society relations for the future viability of the People’s Republic?  —Routledge

Stanley Rosen
Routledge Press
January 2010

Stanley Rosen is director of the East Asian Studies Center and a professor of political science at the University of Southern California. A specialist on politics in the People’s Republic of China, Chinese film, and Chinese society, Rosen is author of The Role of Sent-Down Youth in the Chinese Cultural Revolution: The Case of Guangzhou (Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies, 1981) and Red Guard Factionalism and the Cultural Revolution in Guangzhou (Westview Press, 1982). He has also co-edited State and Society in 21st Century China: Crisis, Contention and Legitimation (with Peter Hays Gries; Routledge, 2004) and Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema (with Ying Zhu; Hong Kong University Press, 2010).