Title

The politically engaged society, the state, policy, comparison Gordon White's contributions to China studies

Abstract

Gordon White's contributions to the study of China fall under at least four major rubrics. Most important was his analysis of political engagement by a breathtaking range of social classes and groups in both the Maoist and Dengist periods. Second, he appreciated the role of the state analytically in shaping society's political engagement, and normatively because he thought it had essential social and economic responsibilities. Third, he hoped to influence policy indirectly, by providing cautionaries for policy-makers and by writing for and collaborating with social scientists in other countries, especially China. Fourth, he placed China squarely in comparative contexts, first of revolutionary socialist states, and then of East Asian developmental states.

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Publication Date

10-1-1999

Publication Title

IDS Bulletin

Department

Politics

Additional Department

East Asian Studies

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1111/j.1759-5436.1999.mp30004001.x

Language

English

Format

text

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