Dr Kun-Chin Lin, Director of the Centre for Rising Powers, and Dr Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, have published a new edited volume on 'Governance, Domestic Change, and Social Policy in China. 100 Years after the Xinhai Revolution', which is now available at Palgrave Macmillan.
This book constitutes the first comprehensive retrospective on one hundred years of post-dynastic China and compares enduring challenges of governance in the period around the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1911 to those of contemporary China. The authors examine three key areas of domestic change and policy adaptation: social welfare provision, local political institutional reform, and social and environmental consequences of major infrastructure projects. Demonstrating remarkable parallels between the immediate post-Qing era and the recent phase of Chinese reform since the late-1990s, the book highlights common challenges to the political leadership by tracing dynamics of state activism in crafting new social space and terms of engagement for problem-solving and exploring social forces that continue to undermine the centralizing impetus of the state.
“Lin and Blanchard offer an edited volume on state and society in China that goes well beyond the norms of the genre. Data rich and analytically interesting, these essays offer a historically grounded set of perspectives on how state and society in China continue to interpenetrate and inform each other in unexpected ways.” - Julia C. Strauss, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
“A thought-provoking volume that usefully deploys an historical lens to examine some of contemporary China’s most important social, environmental and political issues.” - Jane Duckett, Edward Caird Chair of Politics, University of Glasgow, UK
“This is a highly stimulating and thoughtful set of essays that crosses chronology and disciplines. Using the century-long arc since the 1911 Chinese revolution, the authors explore a variety of key issues—from governance to social welfare to civil society—in a comparative framework that makes exciting use of historical comparison while providing highly significant insights for the present day.” - Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford, UK