Transforming Asian Socialism: China and Vietnam Compared / Edition 1by Anita Chan
Pub. Date: 10/01/1999
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Close to a decade after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, the communist parties of China and Vietnam are not only surviving but are firmly in control. Both countries have moved decidedly away from the state-planned economies their governments championed for decades. They are now "market economies" and can look with some satisfaction to their recent records of economic performance. Yet, unlike their European counterparts, they have made this transition without undergoing major political upheavals. Arguing that an understanding of the similarities and differences among communist countries provides valuable insights into their momentous transformations, this comprehensive volume compares recent changes in China and Vietnam. Exploring the economic, political, and social effects of reform programs, the chapters pair leading Vietnam and China scholars in a genuinely comparative analysis. Finding similarities-and unexpected differences-the authors conclude that Vietnam often has forged its own path rather than following the Chinese model.
Author Biography: Anita Chan is an Australian Research Council Senior Research Fellow hosted by The Australian National University and co-editor of the "China Journal". Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet is head of the Department of Political and Social Change at The Australian National University. Jonathan Unger is head of the Contemporary China Centre at The Australian National University and co-editor of the "China Journal".
Table of Contents
Comparing Vietnam and China: An Introduction
Chapter 1: Exalting the Latecomer State: Intellectuals and the State During the Chinese and Vietnamese Reforms
Chapter 2: From Plan to Market: The Economic Transition in Vietnam and China Compared
Chapter 3: Asian Socialism’s Open Doors: Guangzhou and Ho Chi Minh City
Chapter 4: Agrarian Transformations in China and Vietnam
Chapter 5: Wealth and Power in the Transition to Market Economies: The Process of Socio-Economic Differentiation in Rural China and Northern Vietnam
Chapter 6: Political Change in China and Vietnam: Coping with the Consequences of Economic Reform
Chapter 7: Chinese and Vietnamese Youth in the 1990s
Chapter 8: Vietnamese and Chinese Labor Regimes: On the Road to Divergence
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