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

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 14, 2008 - Business & Economics - 278 pages
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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.

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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 1998-2001 and the director of graduate studies in the political science department from 2004-6. 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.

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