The perfect dictatorship:China in the 21st century


其他題名:China in the 21st century

作者:Stein Ringen


出版社:Hong Kong University Press

出版地:Hong Kong


ISBN:978-988-8208-93-7 ; 978-988-8208-94-4


The Chinese system is like no other known to man, now or in history. This book explains how the system works and where it may be moving.
Drawing on Chinese and international sources, on extensive collaboration with Chinese scholars, and on the political science of state analysis, the author concludes that under the new leadership of Xi Jinping, the system of government has been transformed into a new regime radically harder and more ideological than the legacy of Deng Xiaoping. China is less strong economically and more dictatorial politically than the world has wanted to believe.
By analysing the leadership of Xi Jinping, the meaning of ‘socialist market economy’, corruption, the party-state apparatus, the reach of the party, the mechanisms of repression, taxation and public services, and state-society relations, the book broadens the field of China studies, as well as the fields of political economy, comparative politics, development, and welfare state studies.

Stein Ringen is emeritus professor at the University of Oxford. He brings to this study extensive experience of state analysis in America, Britain, Scandinavia, Europe, and Korea. He is the author, most recently, of Nation of Devils: Democratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience.

  • Preface(p.viii)
  • Introduction: A Good Regime?(p.xi)
  • 1. Leaders(p.1)
  • 2. What They Say(p.45)
  • 3. What They Do(p.60)
  • 4. What They Produce(p.116)
  • 5. Who They Are(p.135)
  • Postscript: A Better Regime?(p.169)
  • Bibliography(p.179)
  • Index(p.185)
  • About the Author(p.193)