BN.com Gift Guide

Bureaucracy, Economy, and Leadership in China: The Institutional Origins of the Great Leap Forward

Overview

In this book David Bachman examines the origins of the Great Leap Forward (GLF), a program of economic reform that must be considered one of the great tragedies of Communist China, estimated to have caused the death of between 14 and 28 million Chinese. While standard accounts interpret the GLF as chiefly the brainchild of Mao Zedong and as a radical rejection of a set of more moderate reform proposals put forward in the period 1956 to 1957, Bachman proposes a provocative reinterpretation of the origins of the ...

See more details below
Paperback
$41.32
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$46.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $32.50   
  • New (5) from $32.50   
  • Used (2) from $59.82   
Sending request ...

Overview

In this book David Bachman examines the origins of the Great Leap Forward (GLF), a program of economic reform that must be considered one of the great tragedies of Communist China, estimated to have caused the death of between 14 and 28 million Chinese. While standard accounts interpret the GLF as chiefly the brainchild of Mao Zedong and as a radical rejection of a set of more moderate reform proposals put forward in the period 1956 to 1957, Bachman proposes a provocative reinterpretation of the origins of the GLF that stresses the role of the bureaucracy. Using a neo-institutionalist approach to analyze economic policy-making leading up to the GLF, he argues that the GLF must be seen as the product of an institutional process of policy-making.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Bachman's arguments, supported by superb and exhaustive research in available Chinese-language and Western source materials, are strong and seldom overstated...This is a work of innovative scholarship of high quality on issues of central concern to the study of contemporary China." William Kirby, Washington University

"This is clearly a superb piece of scholarship. It is a major contribution to the literature on the period, and also to the literature on the political economy of the PRC. Because of the rather novel perspective applied, it is not a mere linear 'improvement' on existing works on the GLF, but an entirely new study to provide new insights." Michael Schoenhals, Swedish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

"...Bachman provides a compelling institutional model of economic policy making in China. Although he does not use this term, he provides the most articulate statement of the bureaucratic interest group approach, which serves as an alternative to factional and leader-cenered models of the Chinese policy process." Lu Feng and Andrew J. Nathan, Political Science Quarterly

"Bachman's book is an impressive scholarly addition to understanding Chinese economic policy development in the 1956-57 period, which led to the disastrous Great Leap Forward (GLF)." Jerry L. Petr, Journal of Economic Issues

"...a provocative reinterpretation that highlights the role of bureaucracy." Parris H. Chang, American Political Science Review

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521032339
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Chronology; 1. Introduction; Part I. Historical Background and Conceptual Approach: 2. Overview: Chinese politics and economy, 1956-1957; 3. Institutions and policy in China; Part II. The Institutional Origins of the Great Leap Forward: 4. The financial coalition 5. The planning and heavy industry coalition 6. The Party as agent of social transformation 7. The views of the top leadership 8. The Third Plenum of the Eighth Central Committee and the Great Leap Forward 9. Conclusions; Appendix: the constraints on Mao; Bibliography; Index.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)