China in Search of a Harmonious Society

China in Search of a Harmonious Society

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The problems of corruption, social injustice, public unrest, disparity in income and regional development, shortage of energy and resources, unemployment, aging population, inadequate social and economic safety network, pollution, etc., are poised to jeopardize political stability and cast a shadow on the moral foundation of economic reform. How to cope with these new problems is a daunting task facing the Chinese leadership and people in the twenty-first century. The new generation of leadership under Hu Jintao has begun to search for solutions and directions. "Building a harmonious society" based on a "scientific view of development" has become a new catch phrase in political and academic discourse in China and a newly adopted program by the Chinese government. It is in this context that this edited volume brings together a group of China scholars to discuss the concept and goal of building a harmonious society. This book will be of interest to professors and students of China studies, as well as policy makers and researchers.
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  • Hardback | 258 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 539.77g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739126237
  • 9780739126233

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Is there a 'Beijing Consensus' corresponding to the 'Washington Consensus'-a model of successful development for the rest of the world? That is the question posed by this book. The writers concur that today's China has bid farewell to continuous revolution and class struggle and is now integrated by the Confucian ideal of disciplined social harmony. Yet as they make clear in their stimulating, multifaceted analysis, that vision is now challenged by environmental pollution, socio-economic and ethnic inequity, and official corruption. -- Lowell Dittmer, University of California, Berkeley
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About Baogang Guo

Sujian Guo is professor in the Department of Political Studies and director of the Center for U.S.-China Policy Studies at San Francisco State University. Baogang Guo is associate professor of political science at Dalton State College and president of the Association of Chinese Political Studies.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: China in Search of a Harmonious Society Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Building a Harmonious Society and Achieving Individual Harmony Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Traditional Culture Embodied in Confucianism and China's Search for a Harmonious Society and Peaceful Development Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Cultural Construction of a Harmonious Society Chapter 5 Chapter 4. China's Harmonious World: Beyond Cultural Interpretations Chapter 6 Chapter 5. On the Way to Harmony: Marxism, Confucianism, and Hu Jintao's Hexie Concept Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Economic Development, Political Stability, and Social Harmony: Can All Good Things Go Together? Chapter 8 Chapter 7. Modernity, History, and the Negotiation of Chinese Identity: Revisiting the Liberals/New Left Debate Chapter 9 Chapter 8. Conflict of Rights and Integration of Order: Real Estate Disputes and Government Management in New Urban Communities Chapter 10 Chapter 9. Pension Reforms in China: An Institutional Pursuit of Stability for the Rapidly Aging Chapter 11 Chapter 10. Corruption, Impact of Corruption, and Measures to Curtail Corruption in China
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