The Paradox of China's Post-Mao Reforms
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Paradox of China's Post-Mao Reforms by Merle Goldman
Book DescriptionChina s bold program of reforms launched in the late 1970s the move to a market economy and the opening to the outside world ended the political chaos and economic stagnation of the Cultural Revolution and sparked China s unprecedented economic boom. Yet, while the reforms made possible a rising standard of living for the majority of China s population, they came at the cost of a weakening central government, increasing inequalities, and fragmenting society.The essays of Barry Naughton, Joseph Fewsmith, Paul H. B. Godwin, Murray Scot Tanner, Lianjiang Li and Kevin J. O Brien, Tianjian Shi, Martin King Whyte, Thomas P. Bernstein, Dorothy J. Solinger, David S. G. Goodman, Kristen Parris, Merle Goldman, Elizabeth J. Perry, and Richard Baum and Alexei Shevchenko analyze the contradictory impact of China s economic reforms on its political system and social structure. They explore the changing patterns of the relationship between state and society that may have more profound significance for China than all the revolutionary movements that have convulsed it through most of the twentieth century."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674654549
(229mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Merle Goldman
From Comrade to Citizen, Paperback (September 2007)
Examines the changing relationship between the Chinese people and the state. Correcting the conventional view of China as having instituted extraordinary economic changes but having experienced few political reforms in the post-Mao period, the author details efforts by individuals and groups to assert their political rights.
Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China, Paperback (March 2007)
Explores a range of grassroots efforts - initiated by the state and society alike - intended to restrain arbitrary and corrupt official behaviour and enhance the accountability of local authorities. This book covers topics such as village and township elections, fiscal reforms, legal aid, media supervision, and informal associations.
China, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Merle Goldman
John King Fairbank was the West's doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilisation. It remains a masterwork without parallel.
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Author Biography - Merle Goldman
Merle Goldman is Professor of History, Emerita, at Boston University and Associate of the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University. Roderick MacFarquhar is Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, and Professor of Government, Harvard University.
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