Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State
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Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State

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Presents a story of two Chinas – an entrepreneurial rural China and a state-controlled urban China. In the 1980s, rural China gained the upper hand. In the 1990s, urban China triumphed. In the 1990s, the Chinese state reversed many of its rural experiments, with long-lasting damage to the economy and society. A weak financial sector, income disparity, rising illiteracy, pr...more
Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published (first published 2008)
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A strong alternative narrative of Chinese economic growth and policy of the last 30 years. To date, the dominant story has been that of Dani Rodrik, et. al. of gradual policy reform that avoided the ills of neoliberal privatization through smart heterodox reform. This narrative adds some wrinkles to the story. While the 80s are still celebrated as creating important spaces for rural entrepreneurialism that supported pro-poor growth, the 90s are portrayed as a a period of illiberal regression. Sh...more
One of the most difficult books I ever read. What made this challenging is a lot of data and lack of smoothness in the text on the micro level.

The book does cover a lot of ground in terms of time (~30 years) and the whole of China, presenting a very different view of the Chinese economy compared to what we are presented with usually: although GDP is growing quickly, the life of most people either did not improve or got worse. The book shows a lot of data, and although I did not agree with some i...more
Well-researched story of the real, market-oriented reasons China succeed in its reform era. Says the government's main role was to get out of the way, and growth was better before the post-Tiananmen state changes.
Great, but there is a lot of economic material to tackle if you are not an economist. Still worth it, just be prepared.
David Freeman
one of my favorite topics. not light reading, but dead on.
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