Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China's Capitalist Transformation

Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China's Capitalist Transformation

by Scott Kennedy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804769583

ISBN-13: 9780804769587

Pub. Date: 05/03/2011

Publisher: Stanford University Press

This book breaks new ground by systematically examining China's capitalist transformation through several comparative lenses. The great majority of research on China to date has consisted of single-country studies. This is the result of the methodological demands of studying China and a sense of the country's distinctiveness due to its grand size and long history.

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This book breaks new ground by systematically examining China's capitalist transformation through several comparative lenses. The great majority of research on China to date has consisted of single-country studies. This is the result of the methodological demands of studying China and a sense of the country's distinctiveness due to its grand size and long history. The moniker Middle Kingdom, a direct translation of the Chinese-language word for China, is one of the most prominent symbols of the country's supposed uniqueness.

Composed of contributions from leading specialists on China's political economy, this volume demonstrates the benefits of systematically comparing China with other countries, including France, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Brazil, and South Africa. Doing so puts the People's Republic in a light not available through other approaches, and it provides a chance to consider political theories by including an important case too often left out of studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804769587
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Series:
Contemporary Issues in Asia and Pacific Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Overcoming Our Middle Kingdom Complex: Finding China's Place in Comparative Politics Scott Kennedy 3

Part 1 Chinese Economic Reform and the Varieties of Capitalism 23

2 Variety Within and Without: The Political Economy of Chinese Regulation Margaret M. Pearson 25

3 Developmental Dreams: Policy and Reality in China's Economic Reforms Arthur R. Kroeber 44

4 Crossing the River by Feeling for Stones or Carried Across by the Current? The Transformation of the Chinese Automotive Sector Andrew Wedeman 66

5 Welfare Policy Pathways Among Large Uneven Developers Mark W. Frazier 89

Part 2 Interest Groups in an Authoritarian Context 111

6 Fragmented Influence: Business Lobbying in China in Comparative Perspective Scott Kennedy 113

7 Comparing China's Capitalists: Neither Democratic Nor Exceptional Kellee S. Tsai 136

8 When Are Banks Sold to Foreigners? An Examination of the Politics of Selling Banks in Mexico, Korea, and China Victor Shih 159

Conclusion 179

9 Placing China in Comparison: An Outsider's Perspective Gregory F. Kasza 181

Notes 191

List of Contributors 233

Index 237

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