Dirg Governing China: From Revolution to Reform Lieberthal liebeerthal explores the key issues challenging China now — succession at the top, a destabilizing level of economic liieberthal, a degraded environment, human rights, the impending takeover of Hong Kong, and relations with Taiwan. Kim rated it really liked it Jan 15, This focus on the government is good in the sense that there is too much information to go through and too little exact references for him to use. Norton- History — pages. Return to Book Page. Tony rated it liked it Sep 29, Norton- History — pages. Nick rated it liked it May 20, He is also the author of about seventy periodical articles and chapters in books, as well as having published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, the South China Morning Post and numerous other newspapers.
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Start your review of Governing China: From Revolution to Reform Write a review Nov 02, Vaughn rated it really liked it Wrote a paper about it; Lieberthal is actually a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute: This book is strong in its depiction of the history of modern China and its influences on the China of today.
There was a good sense of the chaos that China had to endure during the warring states period , the bloodshed during the time of the GMD, and how the communists were able to overthrow the GMD via Japans invasion.
The writing becomes weak because of lack of clarification. For example, in Wrote a paper about it; Lieberthal is actually a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute: This book is strong in its depiction of the history of modern China and its influences on the China of today. If these leaders are so important to local economy—as he has stated, the smaller, more local government has more power than a large congress , —then why is it that he never gives their titles?
His citations support his framework, but his rationale and overabundance of generalities fail to prove true. Lieberthal did what he had set out to do: provide an overview of the Chinese government. However he left questions unanswered about who the people of the Chinese government are and what drives them. His historical overview in the beginning and middle of the book was specific and detailed about the leaders of government through each stage in modern China, especially about what led them to be leaders, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping in particular.
The explanation of the current organizational structure of the Party and the Center described the breadth of the positions, their level of power, and scope of influence. He never names who is in charge, how they arrived there, or why they choose the policies they do. A chart would have been helpful because even Lieberthal admits that this system was too complex.
This focus on the government is good in the sense that there is too much information to go through and too little exact references for him to use.
His compilation and analysis of the structure was organized according to linear time, which is like any other history book, and he made certain the setting and characters at the beginning of the book were detailed. I was expecting this to be a textbook and was not disappointed. Lieberthal is explicit enough to at least let the reader have a good conversation about these events at a dinner party.
Governing China: From Revolution to Reform