The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies

Corruption in Reform Era: A Multidisciplinary Review

Corruption in Reform Era: A Multidisciplinary Review

Corruption in Reform Era: A Multidisciplinary Review
Jiangnan Zhu


Corruption is one of the top challenges for China since the start of economic reform in the late 1970s. The Chinese government has taken many measures, including the most severe penalties, to fight corruption. However, the level of corruption remains high. This chapter attempts to give a broad overview of corruption in China and related research. Following Svensson's (2005) seminal work answering eight questions of corruption, I choose to focus on the four major questions that are most discussed by scholars in different disciplines: 1) What is corruption in China? I answer this question mainly relying on the systematic conceptual review conducted by Ko and ...

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