ISBN-10:
0521702704
ISBN-13:
2900521702705
Pub. Date:
07/14/2008
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Wealth into Power: The Communist Party's Embrace of China's Private Sector

Wealth into Power: The Communist Party's Embrace of China's Private Sector

by Bruce J. Dickson

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Overview

Wealth into Power: The Communist Party's Embrace of China's Private Sector

In Wealth into Power, Bruce Dickson challenges the notion that economic development is leading to political change in China, or that China's private entrepreneurs are helping to promote democratization. Instead, they have become partners with the ruling Chinese Communist Party to promote economic growth while maintaining the political status quo. Dickson's research illuminates the Communist Party's strategy for incorporating China's capitalists into the political system and how the shared interests, personal ties, and common views of the party and the private sector are creating a form of "crony communism." Rather than being potential agents of change, China's entrepreneurs may prove to be a key source of support for the party's agenda. Based on years of research and original survey data, this book will be of interest to all those interested in China's political future and in the relationship between economic wealth and political power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900521702705
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/14/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Bruce Dickson received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994. He has been a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University since 1993, where he also served as director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Asian Studies Program from 1998�001 and the director of graduate studies in the political science department from 2004�. He is the author of Red Capitalists in China: The Party, Private Entrepreneurs, and Prospects for Political Change (2003) and Democratization in China and Taiwan: The Adaptability of Leninist Parties (1997), as well as numerous articles.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The party's promotion of the private sector; 3. Co-opting the capitalists; 4. Bridges and branches: the CCP's institutional links to the private sector; 5. Views on the economic, political, and social environments; 6. Private entrepreneurs in public service: political participation in China's formal political institutions; 7. The ripple effects of privatization; 8. Conclusion.

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