The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China, Joseph Fewsmith
China’s meteoric rise as an economic powerhouse has many China watchers wondering about its potential for political reform. Will China democratize? If so, how and when? Joseph Fewsmith warns against such optimistic hopes for political reform by carefully analyzing several key examples of political experimentation in recent years, none of which have become permanently institutionalized. According to Fewsmith, the greatest challenge to political liberalization lies in the contradiction between the Communist Party’s centralized control over cadres and efforts to monitor the behavior of local officials. So long as power, including the right to promote, remains concentrated in the hands of a few members of the Party, any attempts to draw a clear line between state and society will produce limited results.
The real gems in this volume are the case studies that Fewsmith uses to show why political reform remains stunted, especially at the local levels. Fewsmith draws on existing research and theories to locate some of the most likely places in which to find the seeds of political reform in China. Sichuan province, a relatively poor area in the southwest, saw frequent clashes between impoverished peasants and local cadres over taxes and land requisitions. Limited economic growth ma
To continue reading, see options above.
Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.
The Powell Doctrine
Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilsonview additional issues
Articles | Book reviews
PERSPECTIVES ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, 1992–2020
The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.
With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.