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Course Outline for Chinese Political System

Course Outline for Chinese Political System

Programme: M. Phil
Course No: EA 602
Semester: Monsoon
Credits: Three
Course Teacher: Dr. Ritu Agarwal



Section I. Introduction

  1. China in the Twentieth Century: Political  and social crises
  2. Intellectual Discovery of the West 
  3. Rise of Chinese Communism : From urban radicalism to peasant insurrection
  4. Nationalism and revolution 
  5. Explaining Chinese Revolution


Merle Goldman, Lee Ou-fan Lee,  An Intellectual History of Modern China, Cambridge University Press, 2002

Benjamin I. Schwartz,  Chinese Communism and the Rise of Mao, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1951.

Roger, Howard, Mao Tse-Tung and the Chinese People, New York and London: Monthly Review Press, 1977

Tony Saich(ed.), The Rise to Power of the CCP : Documents and Analysis , Armonk, New York, M.E.Sharpe, 1996

Ssu-Yu Teng and John K. Fairbank (eds), China's Response to the West: A Documentary Survey 1839-1923, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1964.

C.A. Johnson,  Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power: The  Emergence of Revolutionary China, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1962

Mark Selden, The Yenan Way in Revolutionary China, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1971.

Jean Chesneaux and others, China from the opium Wars to the 1911 Revolution

N. Harris, Mandate of Heaven : Marx and Mao in Modern China

Section II. Political process in post-revolutionary China

  1. State and Socialist project: land reforms
  2. Making China modern and the politics of mobilisational socialism
  3. Conceptions of Equalities: Great Leal Forward and origins of Ideological Clashes 
  4.  Mao Zedong and Cultural Revolution: Key concepts 
  5. Critique of Chinese Socialism


Stuart R. Schram, The Thought of Mao Tse- Tung, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989

Joel S. Migdal, Atul Kohli and Vivienne Shue (eds.), State Power and Social Forces: Domination and Transformation in the Third World, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Vivienne Shue, The Reach of the State; Sketches of the Chinese Body Politics, Stanford; Stanford University Press, 1988.

Joan Robinson, The Cultural Revolution in China, Great Britain: Penguin, 1969. 

Kam –yee Law (ed.), The Chinese Cultural Revolution Reconsidered : Beyond Purge and Holocaust, Palgrave: Macmillan, 2003

Selected Works of Mao Tse-Tung , Vol.1,2, 3,4, Peking: Foreign Language Press, 1965.

Tony Saich and Hans Van de Van ( eds), New Perspectives on the Chinese Communist Revolution

Section III. Changing Institutional Forms and Government Structure

  1. Communist Party of China: The new managerial elite
  2. National People's Congress: Norm making under hegemony
  3. Structure of the Chinese administrative system


Derek J. Waller, The Government and Politics of the People's Republic of China, London: Hutchinson & co. publishers LTD., 1973.

Tony Saich, Governance and Politics of China, New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Bruce J. Dickson, 'Integrating Wealth and Power in China:  The Communist Party's Embrace of the Private Sector', The China Quarterly,  2007.

Section IV. Chinese Politics in post-Mao China

  1. Developmental state and Market Reforms : Origins of  gaige kaifang
  2. Institutional Innovations : Local People's Congresses
  3. Centre-Periphery Conflict : Ethnicity and Region


Stuart R. Schram, 'Economics in Command: Ideology and Policy since the Third Plenum, 1979-84', The China Quarterly, No. 97-100, 1984.

Richard Baum, Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994.

Barrett L. McCormick and Jonathan Unger, China After Socialism : In the Footsteps of Eastern Europe or East Asia, USA:  M.E.Sharpe,  1996

Jean C. Oi, 'The Role of Local State in China's Transitional Economy', The China Quarterly, No. 144, December 1995  

Section V. Chinese debates on Key Political Ideas

Democracy ( minzhu )



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Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.