Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London. He was previously Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Between 19982005 he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including three years as First Secretary at the British embassy in Beijing. His recent books include Contemporary China (2013), Hu Jintao: China’s Silent Ruler (2012) and Ballot Box China (2011).
The emergence of China as a global economic power is one of the greatest news stories of the past thirty years. Not only is China undergoing a process of rapid change at home, it is also expanding its economic activities abroad. As foreign companies invest more in the Chinese economy, so too Chinese companies are heading out into the wider world.
Although media stories of a burgeoning middle class, a vast untapped market, and a super wealthy entrepreneurial elite have become familiar headlines, the complex relationship between Chinese society and China’s global economic role is still little, or poorly, understood.
This series of books addresses this need by presenting informed analyses of Chinese society and economy from experts with direct experience of China. Each book will explore the links between the China within and the way it relates to the outside world, challenging the view of a China enclosed in on itself, and showing how the decisions made by its consumers, the environmental choices made by its government, and the fiscal policies followed by its bankers impact on the rest of the world.
The series will explore a wide range of issues from the legal system to class, from investment to finance describing the similarities and differences between China and the rest of the world and investigating how they inform China’s changing role within the global economy. The series will be essential reading for students of international relations, political economy and business studies, business people seeking to understand contemporary China, and to anyone interested in current affairs.