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China Modernizes: Threat to the West or Model for the Rest?
Two sharply contrasting views of China exist today; one of a rising superpower, and the other of an anachronistic, authoritarian regime. So which is the real China? Randall Peerenboom offers a controversial, first-hand account of modern China focusing on its economic, political and legal attributes within the context of the developing world.
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 25th 2007)
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An interesting attempt to argue that there really is some East Asian Model of development that doesn't include what we think of as liberal democracy in the first stages, and that China is following it. Falls short on both counts, unfortunately. The meanspirited slaps at the West and downright disingenuous presentation of the flaws with the "Western" development model don't help, either. Still, the argument gets made enough that it's worth reading in depth, and Peerenboom does know his stuff when ...more
Randall Peerenboom is professor of law at La Trobe University.More about Randall Peerenboom...