Political Science | Topics in Chinese Politics
Y657 | 16355 | Kennedy


This seminar provides an in-depth 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: How do China’s political elites
interact with each other, and what are the consequences for public
policy? 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 likely is it that
China will democratize, or is the Communist Party strengthening its
hold on power? We will regularly consider China in light of general
theories and place China in comparative perspective. Requirements
include an average of 150-200 pages per week of reading, a strong
desire to engage in discussion and debate, three short papers, and one
research assignment.

This course meets with E600.