The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century

Stein Ringen (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$32.40
Publisher
Hong Kong University Press
Publish Date
May 03, 2016
Pages
208
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.5 X 8.9 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9789888208944

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About the Author

Stein Ringen is emeritus professor at the University of Oxford. He brings to this study extensive experience of state analysis in America, Britain, Scandinavia, Europe, and Korea. He is the author, most recently, of Nation of Devils: Democratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience.

Reviews

'A new interpretation of the Chinese party-state--shows the advantage that derives from a comparative theorist looking at the Chinese system.' --Tony Saich, Harvard University
'This is an excellent book which asks important questions about China's future. In a lively and persuasive manner, the author vividly analyses key data in a comparative and theoretical manner. Far and away the best introduction to how the CCP dictatorship works.' --Edward Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
'There is no lack of scholars and pundits abroad who tell us that dictatorship in China is for the greater good. In a timely and engagingly written book, Stein Ringen systematically demolishes all the components of this claim.' --Frank Dik├Âtter, University of Hong Kong
'Stein Ringen shows how the Chinese state has used both fear and material inducements to build a "controlocracy" of a size and complexity unprecedented in world history. Perfect as a dictatorship, but brutal, destructive, and wasteful. The author's encyclopedic understanding of his topic is based on a mastery of relevant scholarship and is delivered in clear, no-nonsense prose that bows to no one. Ideal as a textbook.' --Perry Link, University of California, Riverside
'China is a complex country, and there is a range of reasonable interpretations of its political system. Professor Ringen's interpretation is different than my own, but China watchers need to engage with his thought-provoking and carefully argued assessment. If current trends of repression intensify, less pessimistic analysts will need to recognise that Ringen's analysis may have been prescient.' --Daniel A. Bell, Tsinghua University