China's New Business Elite: The Political Consequences of Economic Reform / Edition 1

China's New Business Elite: The Political Consequences of Economic Reform / Edition 1

by Margaret M. Pearson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520219333

ISBN-13: 9780520219335

Pub. Date: 01/04/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

Economic reforms in China have led to the creation of an entirely new social class: the business elite. Entrepreneurs in the foreign and private sectors have benefited tremendously from the new economic freedoms in China, but have they pushed for political reforms as well? To explore this question, Margaret Pearson conducted extensive interviews with Chinese-born…  See more details below

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Economic reforms in China have led to the creation of an entirely new social class: the business elite. Entrepreneurs in the foreign and private sectors have benefited tremendously from the new economic freedoms in China, but have they pushed for political reforms as well? To explore this question, Margaret Pearson conducted extensive interviews with Chinese-born managers of foreign-sector firms and researched the activities of private-sector entrepreneurs. She concludes that, contrary to the assumptions of many Westerners, these groups are not at the forefront of democratization or the emergence of a civil society. Rather, she argues, they are at the head of a new form of state-society relations in China, a hybrid of socialist corporatism and clientelism. Ultimately, she demonstrates that this hybrid pattern, which has deep roots in Chinese history, has been shaped by the Chinese state to ensure that economic development will not lead to democratization. As private enterprises mushroom, foreign investment soars, and the standard of living continues to improve in China, all eyes are watching for changes in the political structure. The insights and studied predictions in this book will be invaluable keys to understanding the emerging dimensions of China's social and political future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520219335
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/04/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
217
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1China's New Business Elite: A Framework for Study21
2The Janus-Faced Role of the Business Elite in Chinese History44
3The Autonomy of China's New Business Elite65
4The Political Behavior of China's New Business Elite100
5The Socialist Corporatism of Business Associations116
6The Emergence of Hybrid State-Society Relations in Post-Mao China136
App. 1Foreign Direct Investment in China, 1979-1995167
App. 2The Research Sample169
Bibliography175
Index195

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