Politics and Business in post-Mao China

Subject 166-547 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A two-hour seminar each week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Pradeep Taneja
Subject Overview:

Over the past two decades, the role of the Chinese state in the countryÂs economic development has changed considerably. The state planning agencies no longer decide what and how much should the countryÂs enterprises produce. Many of the old and inefficient state-owned enterprises have been transformed into market-driven businesses. Some of these companies, still state-controlled‚ have become global players in sectors such as oil and gas. The so-called non-state companies also occupy an important place in the countryÂs economy. Ideology is no longer an important factor in decision-making and capitalists are welcome to join the communist party. This course will examine the relationship between the growing power of business and the political process in China. WeÂll look at how the emergent class of professional managers and entrepreneurs attempts to convert its economic status into political advantage. A number of theoretical frameworks will be used to explore this relationship, including neo-traditionalism/clientelism, democratisation (civil society) and state corporatism. Students will also be encouraged to compare China's experience with that of other transitional societies.

Assessment: An essay of 5000 words 100% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of enquiry;

  • be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;

  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management(Honours)
Master of Applied Commerce (International)
Master of Applied Commerce (International)
Master of Arts (Asian Societies)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of International Politics
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Political Science)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Political Science)

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