How China Became Capitalist

How China Became Capitalist

by R. Coase, N. Wang


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How China Became Capitalist details the extraordinary, and often unanticipated, journey that China has taken over the past thirty five years in transforming itself from a closed agrarian socialist economy to an indomitable economic force in the international arena.

The authors revitalise the debate around the rise of the Chinese economy through the use of primary sources, persuasively arguing that the reforms implemented by the Chinese leaders did not represent a concerted attempt to create a capitalist economy, and that it was 'marginal revolutions' that introduced the market and entrepreneurship back to China. Lessons from the West were guided by the traditional Chinese principle of 'seeking truth from facts'. By turning to capitalism, China re-embraced her own cultural roots.

How China Became Capitalist challenges received wisdom about the future of the Chinese economy, warning that while China has enormous potential for further growth, the future is clouded by the government's monopoly of ideas and power. Coase and Wang argue that the development of a market for ideas which has a long and revered tradition in China would be integral in bringing about the Chinese dream of social harmony.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137019363
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Series: International Economic Association Series
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ronald Coase is Nobel Laureate in Economics. His work has had a profound impact on modern economics; it clarified the theory of the firm and gave rise to the field of Law and Economics. Professor Coase is currently Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Chicago Law School, and he is also a research advisor at the the Ronald Coase Institute, USA and founder of the Ronald Coase Center for the Study of the Economy at Zhejiang University.

Ning Wang is Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University, USA.

Table of Contents

Preface China at the Death of Mao China in Transition How China's Market Reform Began A Bird in the Cage: Market Reform Under Socialism Growing out of Socialism: Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics From Capitalism to Capitalisms

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