China's Trapped Transition

China's Trapped Transition : The Limits of Developmental Autocracy

By (author) Minxin Pei


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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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  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 521.63g
  • 15 Mar 2008
  • Cambridge, Mass
  • English
  • 7 tables
  • 067402754X
  • 9780674027541
  • 367,032

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

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"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"

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