Political Science | Chinese Politics
Y333 | 26793 | Kennedy

	Meets with EALC-E 390
	There is a fierce debate amongst observers of China’s
domestic political scene: Is the Chinese state’s ability to
effectively govern growing or declining? Either trend has critical
implications for the rest of the world. A strong Chinese state, for
better or worse, will have greater influence over its neighbors and
in international institutions. A weak Chinese state will not be able
to sustain economic growth, protect the environment, or manage
disputes among conflicting interests, with clear negative spillover
effects for the world. This broad question will be considered
through a discussion of four topics: 1) trends and patterns in elite
politics; 2) the evolving nature of the policymaking process; 3)
political activism of average Chinese; and 4) the relative
likelihood of continued Communist Party rule, democratization, or
collapse in the near future. To better understand China, we will
regularly make comparisons with politics elsewhere. We use secondary
readings by outside observers, primary documents by political
insiders, media reports, and film documentaries. No previous study
of Chinese history or politics or knowledge of the Chinese language
is required.