The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China

The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China

by Susan L. Shirk
     
 

In the past decade, China was able to carry out economic reform without political reform, while the Soviet Union attempted the opposite strategy. How did China succeed at economic market reform without changing communist rule? Susan Shirk shows that Chinese communist political institutions are more flexible and less centralized than their Soviet counterparts

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Overview

In the past decade, China was able to carry out economic reform without political reform, while the Soviet Union attempted the opposite strategy. How did China succeed at economic market reform without changing communist rule? Susan Shirk shows that Chinese communist political institutions are more flexible and less centralized than their Soviet counterparts were.

Shirk pioneers a rational choice institutional approach to analyze policy-making in a non-democratic authoritarian country and to explain the history of Chinese market reforms from 1979 to the present. Drawing on extensive interviews with high-level Chinese officials, she pieces together detailed histories of economic reform policy decisions and shows how the political logic of Chinese communist institutions shaped those decisions.

Combining theoretical ambition with the flavor of on-the-ground policy-making in Beijing, this book is a major contribution to the study of reform in China and other communist countries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520077065
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/05/1993
Series:
California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy Series
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.29(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Susan L. Shirk is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of Competitive Comrades: Career
Incentives and Student Strategies in China
(California, 1982).

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