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Handbook of the Politics of China

Handbook of the Politics of China

Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series

Edited by David S.G. Goodman

The Handbook of the Politics of China is a comprehensive resource introducing readers to the very latest in research on Chinese politics. David Goodman provides an introduction to the key structures and issues, providing the foundations on which later learning can be built. It contains four sections of new and original research, dealing with leadership and institutions, public policy, political economy and social change, and international relations and includes a comprehensive bibliography. Each of the 26 chapters has been written by an established authority in the field and each reviews the literature on the topic, and presents the latest findings of research. An essential primer for the study of China’s politics.

Chapter 5: Provincial politics

Bo Zhiyue

Subjects: asian studies, asian politics and policy, politics and public policy, asian politics


This chapter deals with the study of provincial politics in China in terms of four aspects. First, it locates provincial politics in a general framework of Chinese politics and introduces the structure of provincial politics in China. Second, it presents theoretical debates over central–provincial relations, the role of provincial leaders in national politics, and the political mobility of provincial leaders. Third, it provides a critical assessment of the state of the art in the subfield and reflects on its practical implications. Fourth, it points to promising ways forward for future study.

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