Political Research on Contemporary China

Some Problems and Opportunities

by W. F. Dorrill

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A discussion of the difficulties and challenges facing the political scientist in the study of present-day China. With proper attention to professional training, care in formulating sound research topics, prudent regard for the accessibility of data, and with realism and honesty in proportion to methodological sophistication, however, there is reason to hope that political research on China will yield penetrating and useful insights.

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