Private Business and Economic Reform in China

  • Filename: private-business-and-economic-reform-in-china.
  • ISBN: 9781317462118
  • Release Date: 2015-05-11
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Susan Young
  • Publisher: Routledge



Based on Party and state documents, Chinese newspaper reports and surveys, the Chinese and Western scholarly literature and the author's own fieldwork, this important study examines the private sector as a case study of the mechanics of reform in China, emphasizing the relationships among local officials, private businesses, and central policy. The book traces the growth of private business in China since 1978 and focuses on the interaction between private sector policy and other reforms and examines how this has affected China's political economy.

Dilemmas of Reform in China

  • Filename: dilemmas-of-reform-in-china.
  • ISBN: 0765637618
  • Release Date: 1994-03-16
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Joseph Fewsmith
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



This book traces the emergence of China's economic reforms, the conflicts that accompanied them, and the intensifying leadership disputes that led to the collapse of the reform process in 1989. It does this first and foremost from the perspective of the public and private arguments of the most influencial policy advocates, giving a clear sense of who advocated what. This approach provides an understanding of the conceptual frameworks of the participants and how those frameworks changed over time, and allows a finer grained understanding of the issues that informed and inhibited decision making, as well as an understanding of how and when these issues rose and fell, sometimes to rise again.

Transforming Korean Politics

  • Filename: transforming-korean-politics.
  • ISBN: 0765614278
  • Release Date: 2005-01
  • Number of pages: 404
  • Author: Young W. Kihl
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



Over the past twenty years, South Korea has transformed itself from an authoritarian government into a new democracy with a vibrant capitalist economy. Modernization, democratization, and globalization have played an important role in this transformation, and have greatly influenced the programs and policies of Korea's Sixth Republic. Covering developments through the 2004 elections, this book shows how the South Korean government and society have been shaped not only by the dynamics of these forces, but also by their interaction with the cultural norms of post-Confucian society. The author provides a conceptual framework and baseline for examining political developments in Korea, and offers an analysis of the factors that are transforming Korean institutions, society, and politics. He discusses the forces shaping Korea's political economy and the performance of successive ROK governments, and also highlights the challenges faced by the newly elected administration of Roh Moo Hyun, the North Korean issue, and more.

Debating Political Reform in China

  • Filename: debating-political-reform-in-china.
  • ISBN: 9781317473305
  • Release Date: 2014-12-18
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Suisheng Zhao
  • Publisher: Routledge



The growing disconnect between China's market-oriented economy with its emerging civil society, and the brittle, anacronistic, and authoritarian state has given rise to intense discussion and debate about political reform, not only by Western observers, but also among Chinese intellectuals. While some expect China's political reform to lead to democratization, others have proposed to strengthen the institution of single-party rule and provide it with a solid legal base. This book brings the ongoing debate to life and explores the options for political reform. Offering the perspectives of both Western and Chinese scholars, it presents the controversial argument for building a consultive rule of law regime as an alternative to liberal democracy. It provides several critiques of this thesis, and then tests the thesis through empirical studies on the development of the rule of law in China.

Unstately Power Local causes of China s economic reforms

  • Filename: unstately-power-local-causes-of-china-s-economic-reforms.
  • ISBN: 0765600447
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 521
  • Author: Lynn T. White
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



Citation from the Joseph Levenson Book Prize 2000 Lynn White... offers a profoundly important revision of the conventional view of the reforms that have dominated Chinese political, economic and cultural life since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. Instead of focusing on the ways in which dictates from the political center inspired the changes, White offers compelling evidence that fundamental transformations at the local level arose out of circumstances created by the hollowing out of governmental institutions during the most destructive phase of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s. White's exhaustive research also turns on it head the conventional wisdom about East Asian Developmental State theory by demonstrating that China's remarkable growth over the last twenty years came about not as the result of targeted central investment in strategic industries, as was the case throughout the region, but rather was a bottom-up process of local capital being fused with local entrepreneurialism and foreign investment. Spinning a riveting narrative pivoting on the changing economic position of Shanghai, White leads his readers step by step through the process by which the re-shaping of rural enterprise led to the progressive disintegration of the economic system that had marked the early years of the People's Republic. Eventually the growth of new networks among regions and industries rendered untenable the old combination of low factor prices and high cost finished products that had underwritten a substantial part of the income of the state. Among other things, this book should reshape the ongoing sinological debate about the relations in China between state and society, showing how the connection has many more facets than most scholars have recognized heretofore.

Manager Empowerment in China

  • Filename: manager-empowerment-in-china.
  • ISBN: 9781134457076
  • Release Date: 2003-12-08
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Ray Yep
  • Publisher: Routledge



Institutional changes in rural China caused by the economic reforms of the post-Mao era have led to a new pattern of state-society interaction in the rural polity. Central to this is the spectacular rise of a group of managerial elites. Contrary to economic predictors, this has been accompanied by the development of an interdependence between these managers and the state. This book provides an analysis of the new state-society relationship and demonstrates the complexity and fluidity involved in institutional development and market transformation.

Provincial Strategies of Economic Reform in Post Mao China

  • Filename: provincial-strategies-of-economic-reform-in-post-mao-china.
  • ISBN: 0765601478
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 466
  • Author: Peter T. Y. Cheung
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



This book studies economic decentralization in eight Chinese provinces -- Shanghai, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Shaanxi, Shandong, Fujian, Hainan, and Sichuan -- by focusing on the role of provincial leadership in the initiation and implementation of economic reform.

Liu Shaoqi and the Chinese Cultural Revolution

  • Filename: liu-shaoqi-and-the-chinese-cultural-revolution.
  • ISBN: 0765639998
  • Release Date: 1998-03-11
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Lowell Dittmer
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



The chief target of China's infamous Cultural Revolution, Liu Shaoqi is one of the tragic figures of the Chinese revolution. By addressing the issues that decimated China's monolithic elite in the late 1960s, Lowell Dittmer illuminates not only the life and fate of this fascinating leader but also the policy-making process of a revolutionary state facing the diverging exigencies of economic modernization and political development. Liu Shaoqi emerges as the symbol of a systematic endeavor to combine order with revolution and equality using economic efficiency and technocratic values. In this new edition, Mr. Dittmer tells the end of the story -- the death of Liu Shaoqi and the fate of Wang Guangmei (Liu's wife and a notable figure herself) and other members of Liu's family and inner circle -- and the legacy and relevance of Liu's contribution to China in the late twentieth century.

The Artisans and Entrepreneurs of Dongyang County

  • Filename: the-artisans-and-entrepreneurs-of-dongyang-county.
  • ISBN: 0765603217
  • Release Date: 1998-01-01
  • Number of pages: 271
  • Author: Eugene Cooper
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



The book represents a continuation of research begun by Cooper in Hong Kong in the early 1970s among expatriate artisan furniture makers and woodcarvers from Dongyang County, Zhejiang Province. He now sets out to investigate the fate of the same craft in the hands of the same folk under totally different socio-economic conditions in their native county in communist People's Republic of China.

Unstately Power

  • Filename: unstately-power.
  • ISBN: 9781317478379
  • Release Date: 2015-06-03
  • Number of pages: 792
  • Author: Lynn T. White, III
  • Publisher: Routledge



A critique of America's flawed Asia policy that centres on US-Japan relations but harkens back to the same disastrous views that drew America into Vietnam. The technique is a narrative flow of short vignettes woven into longer chapters; the main strands are personal reflections and interviews.

The Chinese Economy in Crisis

  • Filename: the-chinese-economy-in-crisis.
  • ISBN: 0765607654
  • Release Date: 2001-01-01
  • Number of pages: 285
  • Author: Shaoguang Wang
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



The authors of this work argue strongly that the decentralization that has taken place in China over the past two decades threatens to undermine the future of reform and perhaps even the state itself. They contend that reform has undermined state capacity in China, and that the state's fiscal revenues, as a percentage of GNP, have declined and will continue to decline into the foreseeable future, thereby weakening China's ability to mobilize resources for modernization.

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