The Political Economy of Uneven Development

The Political Economy of Uneven Development : The Case of China

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Exploring one of the most dynamic and contested regions of the world, this series includes works on political, economic, cultural, and social changes in modern and contemporary Asia and the Pacific.
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  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • tables, figures, index
  • 0765602040
  • 9780765602046

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All parts of China have experienced rapid economic growth over the last eighteen years, but some areas have developed far more rapidly than others. For example, coastal China, in general, and southeastern China, in particular, have raced ahead in comparison with the other regions of the country. While it is hardly unusual for a big country like China to experience variations in economic well-being across the land, regional disparities could seriously threaten political stability and national unity if income gaps become excessive. The authors of this book seek to answer the following questions, questions that are being vigorously debated inside and outside China by scholars and policymakers:
-- What is the best way to measure regional gaps?
-- Have regional gaps widened or narrowed since China introduced its market-oriented reforms?
-- What is the effect of regional gaps on economic growth and social polarization?
-- Are regional gaps in China tolerable or excessive?
-- What are the main causes for the changes in regional gaps?
-- Is now the right time to address these issues?
-- What, if anything, should the Chinese government do to narrow regional disparities?

The central conclusion of this project is that despite -- indeed, precisely in part as a consequence of -- two decades of rapid economic growth, the declining extractive capacity of China's central government has become a major contributor to widening regional disparities, which constitute a significant and growing threat to national development in the future.
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This book contains a thorough and balanced series of dialogues introducing key topics in philosophy of religion, such as: the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, religious pluralism, the nature of religious experience, immortality, and the meaning of life. A realistic cast of characters in a natural setting engages in a series of thought-provoking conversations; the dialogue format of these conversations captures typical student attitudes and questions concerning religious belief; allows comparison of important themes throughout the dialogues; encourages the interjection of insights, observations, questions, and objections; and introduces related points when they would naturally arise, instead of relegating them to a later chapter. As well as presenting a detailed and probing discussion, each dialogue includes a list of key terms, a set of study questions, and a bibliography - all of which make this an excellent text for courses in philosophy of religion and introductory philosophy classes.
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