Dilemmas of Reform in China: Political Conflict and Economic Debate

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M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 1994 - Business & Economics - 289 pages
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This book traces the emergence of China's economic reforms, the conflicts that accompanied them, and the intensifying leadership disputes that led to the collapse of the reform process in 1989. It does this first and foremost from the perspective of the public and private arguments of the most influencial policy advocates, giving a clear sense of who advocated what. This approach provides an understanding of the conceptual frameworks of the participants and how those frameworks changed over time, and allows a finer grained understanding of the issues that informed and inhibited decision making, as well as an understanding of how and when these issues rose and fell, sometimes to rise again.

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This book connects the Deng-era of economic reform with the political climate of China. It's a long story, and Fewsmith has done his homework. Lots of interviews. As is the case in many autocratic ... Read full review


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Joseph Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University. He is the author of China Since Tiananmen: From Deng Xiaoping to Hu Jintao (2008), which is the second edition of China Since Tiananmen (2001); Elite Politics in Contemporary China (2001); The Dilemmas of Reform in China: Political Conflict and Economic Debate (1994); and Party, State, and Local Elites in Republican China: Merchant Organizations and Politics in Shanghai, 1980 1930 (1985). He is the editor of China Today, China Tomorrow (2010) and co-editor, with Zheng Yongnian, of China's Opening Society (2008). He is very active in the China field, traveling to China frequently and presenting papers at professional conferences such as the Association for Asian Studies and the American Political Science Association. His articles have appeared in such journals as The China Quarterly, Asian Survey, The Journal of Contemporary China, Modern China, and Comparative Studies in Society and History. He is one of seven regular contributors to China Leadership Monitor, a quarterly web publication analyzing current developments in China. He is also an associate of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies at Harvard University and of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future at Boston University.

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