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The Political Economy of the Chinese Coal Industry: Black Gold and Blood-Stained Coal
     

The Political Economy of the Chinese Coal Industry: Black Gold and Blood-Stained Coal

by Tim Wright
 

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Coal mining in China is a huge industry, and, close to the centre of China’s economic transformation, provides an excellent case study through which to consider the broader issues of China’s transition from socialism to capitalism. This book examines key aspects of China’s coal industry which illustrate the political economy of China’s

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Coal mining in China is a huge industry, and, close to the centre of China’s economic transformation, provides an excellent case study through which to consider the broader issues of China’s transition from socialism to capitalism. This book examines key aspects of China’s coal industry which illustrate the political economy of China’s economic transformation. It shows how the coal industry was one of the pillars of the planned economy and how its transition to market-based operations has been particularly protracted and difficult, with particular difficulties in moving prices from the artificially low prices of the planned economy to market determined prices, and in determining financial performance where performance is affected significantly by external factors and artificially set prices. It considers the growth of small rural coal mines as part of the Township and Village Enterprises – TVEs – programme which has been spectacular and which has brought a level of prosperity to many areas where small manufacturing enterprises are not competitive, but where the nature of the coal industry means that the resulting social and environmental problems have been particularly difficult. It also explores how miners, one of the most vulnerable parts of the Chinese working class, have fared under capitalism, pointing out that there is considerable doubt over whether their situation was better under socialism. Overall, the book uses the coal industry to illustrate the great dramas of Chinese economic transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415493284
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/22/2011
Series:
Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy Series , #45
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 0.92(h) x 2.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Tim Wright is Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Sheffield, UK. He is author of Coal Mining in China’s Economy and Society, 1895-1937.

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