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Political Science and Chinese Political Studies

The State of the Field

  • Sujian Guo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction: Political Science and Chinese Political Studies – The State of the Field

  3. Overview of the State of the Field

  4. Methodologies in the Chinese Political Studies

  5. Scientification or Indigenization of Chinese Political Studies

About this book


This book represents a pioneering effort to offer an up-to-date overview of the state of the field of “Chinese political studies.” It assesses the field’s past, present, and future, emphasizing the role of Chinese scholars in transforming it both from within and outside of China. In the process, this book discusses the most hotly-debated problems, challenges, opportunities, achievements, and directions in terms of its disciplinary and intellectual developments. The book focuses on the epistemologically-oriented debate, i.e., the serious tensions between scientific, universalistic, positivist traditions on the one hand and particularistic, historical and contextual traditions in the study of Chinese politics on the other. The book also deals with the ontologically-oriented debate between scientific knowledge and local knowledge, i.e., between scientification/westernization (ke xue hua/xi fang hua) and indigenization (ben tu hua) of Chinese political studies, and thus their influences on the study of Chinese politics.

Editors and affiliations

  • Sujian Guo
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Political ScienceSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

About the editors

Sujian Guo is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for US-China Policy Studies at San Francisco State University, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Political Science. Concurrently, he is a Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of the Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences at Fudan University, and a chair professor of Zhejiang University, PRC. He is also a guest professor at numerous Chinese universities. His areas of research include Chinese politics, international relations and methodology, and he has published over 40 academic articles and 16 authored and edited books in the above areas.

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The excellent articles in this eye-opening volume offer the analyses of diverse but extremely well-informed scholarship on these most vital matters. This book is a must read for anyone seeking to comprehend these most profound questions about how Chinese political studies has developed and where it is heading.

—Edward Friedman, University of Wisconsin, Madison



A thought-provoking collection that draws together Chinese and western scholars to ruminate about the field of Chinese politics. This book shows us how research is changing, how area and disciplinary approaches can support each other, and how “indigenous” and western concepts can deepen the study of Chinese politics.

  —Kevin J. O'Brien, University of California, Berkeley