The Waning of the Communist State: Economic Origins of Political Decline in China and Hungary

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This collection of essays offers a compelling explanation for the decline of communism in the two countries that went the furthest with economic reforms—China and Hungary. Articulating a vision of change that serves as a counterpoint to the prevailing emphasis on citizen resistance and protest, the contributors focus instead on the declining organizational integrity of the centralized party-state. The essays illuminate a "quiet revolution from within" that beset the two regimes after they chose to reform their ...

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Overview

This collection of essays offers a compelling explanation for the decline of communism in the two countries that went the furthest with economic reforms—China and Hungary. Articulating a vision of change that serves as a counterpoint to the prevailing emphasis on citizen resistance and protest, the contributors focus instead on the declining organizational integrity of the centralized party-state. The essays illuminate a "quiet revolution from within" that beset the two regimes after they chose to reform their economies and make concessions to the private sector.

The nine contributors, three each from the disciplines of sociology, political science, and anthropology, examine key trends that appeared in both countries. The chapters trace political consequences of economic reform that range from the decline of the central state's fiscal dominance to the revitalization of long-suppressed ethnic loyalties.

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Revised papers from a 1992 conference describe the quiet revolution from within the communist parties of China and Hungary in the wake of economic reform, looking at departures from the planned economy and concessions to the private sector from sociological, political science, and anthropological perspectives. They examine key trends such as the weakening of the party center's authority and the creation of new ties between party-state officials, tracing the political consequences of economic reform in the two countries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780520088511
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Studies on China Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew G. Walder is Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. He is the author of Communist Neo-Traditionalism: Work and Authority in Chinese
Industry
(California, 1986).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
1 The Quiet Revolution from Within: Economic Reform as a Source of Political Decline 1
2 Property Rights and Political Power: The Cumulative Process of Political Change in Hungary 27
3 The Second Economy as a Subversive Force: The Erosion of Party Power in Hungary 61
4 The Rise of the Regions: Fiscal Reform and the Decline of Central State Capacity in China 87
5 Losing the Political Initiative: The Impact of Financial Liberalization in Hungary 114
6 Bureaucratic Patronage and Private Business: Changing Networks of Power in Urban China 153
7 Political Hierarchy and Private Entrepreneurship in a Chinese Neighborhood 184
8 Everyday Power Relations: Changes in a North China Village 215
9 Economy and Ethnicity: The Revitalization of a Muslim Minority in Southeastern China 242
Index 267
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