The China Record

An Assessment of the People's Republic

By Fei-Ling Wang

Subjects: Political Science, Chinese Studies, History, Political Economy
Hardcover : 9781438492278, 384 pages, March 2023
Expected to ship: 2023-03-01

Detailed assessment of the People's Republic of China as an alternative mode of political system and as a distinctive model of socioeconomic development.


The China Record provides readers with an ambitious, detailed, and wide-ranging examination of the People's Republic of China (PRC) under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) both as an alternative mode of political system and a distinctive model of socioeconomic development. Fei-Ling Wang assesses the record of the economy under the CCP, people's lives and rights, and China's spiritual and physical ecology. He focuses on issues of political representation, criminal justice, fiscal and monetary policies, state-led growth, living standards, academia and education, inequality and poverty, disaster relief and pandemic prevention, culture and ethics, and the protection of antiquities and the environment. Using both quantitative and qualitative data, The China Record seeks to provide a solid and balanced, yet unflinching, view about the nature, strengths, weaknesses, and implications of the PRC as an emerging superpower and a potential world leader. It is an effort to introduce a holistic evaluation of the CCP-PRC's overall efficacy, efficiency, power, sustainability, and desirability—or the lack thereof.

Fei-Ling Wang is Professor of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His previous books include The China Order: Centralia, World Empire and the Nature of Chinese Power (also published by SUNY Press); Organization through Division and Exclusion: China's Hukou System; and China Rising: Power and Motivation in Chinese Foreign Policy (coedited with Yong Deng).


"Wang successfully merges passionate conviction with broad, deep, and well-organized scholarship. Many of the book's most trenchant criticisms of CCP-PRC state policy and its outcomes are from PRC publications. As a result, The China Record delivers the most powerful intellectual shock to our understanding of China of any book published since the death of Mao Zedong." — Roger Garside, author of China Coup: The Great Leap to Freedom