Introduction from the Director

Introduction from the Director – Derek McGhee

mod7It is a great privilege to be the inaugural Director of the China Research Centre. The purpose of the Centre is to bring together the research on China currently being conducted in the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences. We are an interdisciplinary centre we include: Sociologists, Economist, Human and Physical Geographers, Gerontologists, Demographers, Political Scientist and Social Policy Specialists in our core membership. We very much hope the centre goes from strength to strength and we can extend our reach to include members in other Faculties. Our ambition is to be a portal on research in China across the University.

 

My China Research

My research in China (with Dr Shaoying Zhang, Shanghai University of Political Sciences & Law) Focuses on governance in contemporary China. Our first book together, Social Policies and Ethnic Conflict in China, Palgrave, 2014 focuses on the ethnic and social policies targeting Xinjiang (the Uygur Autonomous Region) which is one of China’s most strategically important, resource-rich and largest regions, but also one of China’s most troublesome regions. Xinjiang is synonymous with ethnic conflict, nationalist (or separatist) movements and extremism. This book sets out to explore how the Chinese government has governed Xinjiang in light of growing tensions in the region exploring initiatives such as the partner assistance programme to understand the extent to which attempts to reverse the deteriorating situation have been effective. Our second book China’s Ethical Revolution and Regaining Legitimacy: Reforming the Communist Party Thought its Public Servants, Palgrave, 2017, focuses on the impact of China’s anti-corruption and associated policies on Chinese Officials/Civil Servants. The book suggests that the anti-corruption campaign could be considered to be yet another revolution in China, in this case, the Party is attempting to mobilize officials to once again see themselves as the servants of the masses through becoming ‘ethical subjects’. We argue that it is through this ‘ethical revolution’ that the party is attempting to regain its legitimacy in the eyes of the Chinese People.

References

Shaoying Zhang and Derek McGhee (2014) Social Policies and Ethnic Conflict in China, Palgrave Macmillan.

Shaoying Zhang and Derek McGhee (2017) China’s Ethical Revolution and Regaining Legitimacy: Reforming the Communist Party Thought its Public Servants, Palgrave Macmillan.