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The political economy of rural development in China, 1978-1999 /
Weixing Chen.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
description
xiv, 173 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0275966879 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
isbn
0275966879 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3799269
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Weixing Chen is an associate professor of political science at East Tennessee State University.
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Summaries
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Chen provides an analysis of the political economy of rural development in China during the reform era. Revolving around the central theme of statecraft, Chen's study gives a concise and comprehensive treatment of the interaction of ideology and politics with central policy and economic growth. He examines China's economic reform in historical perspective, characterizes China's economic and political transformation since the reform, and proposes that the Chinese Communist Party is being transformed into "a party of economics" while China's ideology is becoming "market-oriented communal socialism." In addressing the issue of the Chinese path of development, Chen discusses the role of local party organizations in China's modernization drive and the microform of market-oriented communal socialism in the newly emerged village conglomerate, highlights the challenges that China faces at the turn of the new century after 20 years of economic reform, and analyzes the context of the introduction of village elections in 1990, and the establishment of Deng Xiaoping's Theory as a new ideological discourse at the 15th National Congress as well as the rationale behind them. In examining the connection between the two goals of statecraft --improving people's welfare and strengthening the state--and between central policies and local initiatives, Chen provides a study that will be of great interest to scholars, students, and other researchers involved with contemporary Chinese politics and development.
Long Description
Chen provides an analysis of the political economy of rural development in China during the reform era. Revolving around the central theme of statecraft, Chen's study gives a concise and comprehensive treatment of the interaction of ideology and politics with central policy and economic growth. He examines China's economic reform in historical perspective, characterizes China's economic and political transformation since the reform, and proposes that the Chinese Communist Party is being transformed into a party of economics while China's ideology is becoming market-oriented communal socialism. In addressing the issue of the Chinese path of development, Chen discusses the role of local party organizations in China's modernization drive and the microform of market-oriented communal socialism in the newly emerged village conglomerate, highlights the challenges that China faces at the turn of the new century after 20 years of economic reform, and analyzes the context of the introduction of village elections in 1990, and the establishment of Deng Xiaoping's Theory as a new ideological discourse at the 15th National Congress as well as the rationale behind them. In examining the connection between the two goals of statecraft improving people's welfare and strengthening the stateand between central policies and local initiatives, Chen provides a study that will be of great interest to scholars, students, and other researchers involved with contemporary Chinese politics and development.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xv
Ideology and Economic Developmentp. 1
A Party of Economics and Market-Oriented Communal Socialismp. 29
The Dengist Reform in Historical Perspectivep. 47
The Village Conglomerate: A New Form of Political Economyp. 71
The Peasant Challenge at the Turn of the Centuryp. 101
Village Elections for Self-Governmentp. 119
A New Ideological Discourse: Deng Xiaoping Theoryp. 137
Understanding the Political Economy of Developmentp. 155
Bibliographyp. 163
Indexp. 169
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