China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy

China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy


By (author) Minxin Pei

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  • Format: Paperback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 20mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 067402754X
  • ISBN 13: 9780674027541
  • Illustrations note: 7 tables
  • Sales rank: 365,086

Product description

The rise of China as a great power is one of the most important developments in the twenty-first century. But despite dramatic economic progress, China's prospects remain uncertain. In a book sure to provoke debate, Minxin Pei examines the sustainability of the Chinese Communist Party's reform strategy - pursuing pro-market economic policies under one-party rule.

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Author information

Minxin Pei is Senior Associate and Director of the China Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Review quote

"Pei argues, persuasively, that China's gradualism, often favourably contrasted with the former Soviet Union's flirtation with radical reforms, is as much a political as an economic strategy." - Martin Wolf, Financial Times "As Pei sees it, big trouble looms [for China]. Continued progress toward a more modern economy will require the establishment of a true rule of law, which in turn will require 'institutional curbs' on governmental action. These two limitations on power are incompatible with the party's insistence on dominating society. So long as the current political framework remains in place, then, China is effectively, and perhaps fatally, trapped in its state of transition... [China's Trapped Transition presents a] comprehensive and, I believe, compelling understanding of present-day China." - Gordon G. Chang, Commentary"

Table of contents

Abbreviations Introduction 1. Why Transitions Get Trapped: A Theoretical Framework 2. Democratizing China? 3. Rent Protection and Dissipation: The Dark Side of Gradualism 4. Transforming the State: From Developmental to Predatory 5. China's Mounting Governance Deficits Conclusion Appendix: Reported Cases of Local Mafia States Notes Acknowledgments Index