China and its challenges

Chinas challengesChina’s Challenges is a 2015 released book edited by Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein. It is published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

The collection is reviewed for JCA by Raj Verma of the School of International and Public Affairs at Jilin University (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2016.1178796).

Verma states that the “contributors to the book are mindful of the domestic and foreign policy challenges that confront the fifth generation leadership and provide a nuanced and mixed opinion of whether China will be able to overcome the challenges and continue its rise to great power status.” Verma thinks the “novelty of the edited book is that contributors span different disciplines, seen in the book’s thematic divisions examining the economic, social, political, legal and foreign and security policy challenges confronting China.”

Describing the book as “empirically rich and the contributions … well researched,” like all edited collections, some gaps are noted. However, as with most edited collections, there are gaps. Even so, Verma considers the book  a “welcome addition to the increasing literature on China’s rise and challenges confronting the present leadership. Students, scholars, policy makers and general readers will find this collection provides a balanced perspective on China and its future.”

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