Political Science | Comparative Politics
Y657 | 25125 | Kennedy


Topics:  Topics in Chinese Politics

This class meets with EALC E 600

This seminar provides an indepth introduction to the scholarly study
of contemporary Chinese politics with the aim of preparing students
to independently conduct research involving China. Some important
questions we consider include: Have China's political elites
institutionalized the process by which they interact with each other
and select new leaders? How has the nature and significance of
China’s political institutions changed over the past few decades?
How are non-state actors relevant to making or changing policy? How
is China's foreign policy shaped by the country's domestic politics?
How likely is it that China will democratize within the next decade?
We will regularly consider China in light of general theories and
critique these theories in light of China. Requirements include an
average of 200 pages per week of reading, a strong desire to engage
in discussion and debate, three short papers, and a take-home final
exam.