15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module will introduce master level students to the crucial aspects of politics in contemporary China, with special focus on governance and policy-making process. Drawing on the most recent and cutting-edge research in the field, this module will offer an innovative approach to studying governance and public policy, by focusing on both state and non-state actors role in governance and on the thematic study of some of the most salient areas of policy-making in contemporary China. The module will introduce key issues related to the role of the state in policy-making and governance (the Maoist and imperial legacies in contemporary Chinese governance, the role of ideology, the design and role of state institutions in the post-1978 China, the politics of central-local relations); the role of non-state actors in governance (businesses and financial institutions, international organisations and NGOs, media and citizens); and the themes particularly salient in the current policy-making and governance (the 'rule of law' and anti-corruption policies, labour and citizenship rights, minority rights, anti-terrorism and environmental governance). Apart from the political theory and methods-orientated academic training preparing students to conduct independent piece of research in the future, this module is also intended to prepare master students for professional careers as future leaders and experts engaging with Chinas politics, policy-making, economy, international organisations and

Staff Contact: COATES JAMES H
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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