Dilemmas of Reform in China

  • Filename: dilemmas-of-reform-in-china.
  • ISBN: 156324327X
  • Release Date: 1994-01-01
  • Number of pages: 289
  • Author: Joseph Fewsmith
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



This is a comprehensive account of the Chinese debates on economic reforms, from the Third Plenum of 1978 to the crackdown of 1989. It is designed for scholars and graduate students interested in the political economy of China's reforms.

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.

China and the Developing World

  • Filename: china-and-the-developing-world.
  • ISBN: 9780765624659
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 255
  • Author: Joshua Eisenman
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



Featuring contributions by recognized experts, this in-depth examintion of China's evolving relationship with the developing world reflects sweeping changes both within and outside of China and the transformation of geopolitics since the end of the cold war.

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.

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.

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.

New Ghosts Old Ghosts

  • Filename: new-ghosts-old-ghosts.
  • ISBN: 9781317463948
  • Release Date: 2015-06-01
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: James D. Seymour
  • Publisher: Routledge



Much has been written about the laogai (sometimes likened to the Soviet gulag) in the People's Republic of China. Depending on the source, the prisons are described as nonexistent, enlightened institutions, or hellish places that subject the inmates to degradation and misery. The system is commonly thought of (by admirers and critics alike) as having a measurable impact on the national economy and providing significant resources to the state. Based on research in classified documents and extensive interviews with former prisoners, judicial personnel, and other insiders, and featuring case studies dealing with the three northwestern provinces, this book examines such assertions on the basis of the facts about this underexamined subject in order to arrive at a detailed, objective, and realistic picture of the situation. In the case of each province under study, the authors discuss the history of the provincial prison system and the impact that each has had at the macro, meso, and micro levels.

The Market Mechanism and Economic Reforms in China

  • Filename: the-market-mechanism-and-economic-reforms-in-china.
  • ISBN: UCSD:31822006559207
  • Release Date: 1991-01-01
  • Number of pages: 250
  • Author: William A. Byrd
  • Publisher: M E Sharpe Incorporated



This theoretical and empirical study of market-oriented reforms in Chinese industry since the late 1970s focuses on the expansion of the market mechanism in the allocation of industrial products and the concurrent decline of directive planning - a strategy that is a crucial component of the ambitious overall reform package that Chinese reformers are trying to implement. The expanding role of Chinese industrial goods has had major implications for the functioning and importance of planning which, the author argues, has become largely irrelevant in terms of direct control over short-term allocation.

Elite Politics in Contemporary China

  • Filename: elite-politics-in-contemporary-china.
  • ISBN: 0765606860
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 167
  • Author: Joseph Fewsmith
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



Little attention has been devoted to studying Chinese politics at the elite, or national, level. It is particularly important to pay attention to the elite level at a time when Dengist China has given way to the Jiang Zemin era, when issues of China's role in the world stir controversy, and debates about China's "democratization" are prevalent. This book, by one of the leading Western authorities on the subject, describes China's national political climate in a manner that seeks to abstract the political dynamic at work.

China s Universities and the Open Door

  • Filename: china-s-universities-and-the-open-door.
  • ISBN: 087332501X
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Number of pages: 249
  • Author: Ruth Hayhoe
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



Recent events in Tianamen Square have made such books abruptly important, though in some aspects outdated. This one examines reforms in higher education from before the republic to March 1988, and focuses on educational and economic relations with groups outside China, and the effect the reforms may

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.

China s Developmental Miracle

  • Filename: china-s-developmental-miracle.
  • ISBN: 0765610388
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 316
  • Author: Alvin Y. So
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe



In contrast to the failure to economic reforms in Eastern Europe, China's economic reforms have been quite successful. Decollectivization, marketization, state enterprise reforms, and reintegration into the world economy have led to very rapid economic development in China over the past two decades. These economic reforms, in turn, triggered profound social and political changes. This collection examines the origins, nature, and impact, as well as the future prospects of these reforms and changes. The contributors are all active researchers from a variety of disciplines, including economics, sociology, political science, and geography.

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.

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