The State and Society of China

A Century Long Ensemble of “Great Power” and “New Citizens”

  • Yong Gao
  • Ying Wu

Part of the Social Development Experiences in China book series (SODEEXCH)

About this book


This book places the topic of the state and society in the context of modern development in China over the past century, investigating the dynamic relation and internal tension between the state’s power enhancement and society’s vitality activation instead of simply regarding the country and society as two separate entities. Building a modern country and activating the people’s vitality involves three closely linked and mutually supporting aspects: establishing the identity recognition of the people to unite the nation; adjusting the organizational system of the society to promote mobilization and institute a social incentive system; and determining dominant strategies and means for the interaction between the country and society to address social-governance issues. This book carefully sheds light on the logic behind China’s roundabout strategy for building a modern country and motivating the vitality of its people.


Country and society Social approval Operation means New citizens Social organization National ability enhancement Social vitality motivation Dynamic relationship Transformation Social incentive system

Authors and affiliations

  • Yong Gao
    • 1
  • Ying Wu
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Social DevelopmentChinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.National Institute of Social DevelopmentChinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. and China Social Sciences Press 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6661-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6662-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2520-1557
  • Series Online ISSN 2520-1565
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