In Search of Wealth and Power: The Nature of the Chinese State and Limits to Change

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Show simple item record Guo, Yingjie en_US
dc.contributor.editor John Garrick en_US 2012-03-02T06:02:45Z 2012-03-02T06:02:45Z 2011 en_US
dc.identifier 2010000345 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Guo Yingjie 2011, 'In Search of Wealth and Power: The Nature of the Chinese State and Limits to Change', Routledge, London & New York, pp. 53-71. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 9780415587495 en_US
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dc.description.abstract It is common in the academic literature to characterize China's 'reform and opening' (gaige kaifang) since 1978 in terms of transition of various kinds. Politically, change is often described as a transition from totalitarianism or dictatorship to authoritarianism, soft authoritarianism, and so on. Economically, it is widely perceived to be a transition from a planned to market economy, or from socialism to capitalism. Numerous consequences and manifestations of the process have been mentioned. Above all, there is something approaching consensus that economic and political transition is accompanied by a shift from rule by decree (or the rule of man) to the rule oflaw or rule by law; state power has dwindled and a civil society with middle classes has emerged to alter the power imbalance between the state and society in the latter's favour. These developments bode well for China's democratization and fledgling market. The magnitude and depth of change in China in the past three decades or so are hardly disputable. The question is whether or not the change constitutes a transition that is conceived as a substantive transformation from one economic-political system to another, a linear movement from point A to point B, or, as in official CPC communications, a retreat from more to less advanced stages of socialism. It may well be that what analysts call 'transitional phenomena', particularly the abnormal or hybrid features of the Chinese state including the market and legal systems, are actually longlasting or even permanent. If so, claims of transition and forward projections based on such assumptions may be misguided and misleading. It is thus necessary to question these assumptions and relocate the analysis of China's current transformation out of transitional frameworks. A more rewarding approach would encompass historical continuity as well as change and take hybridity seriously instead of treating it as something transient. en_US
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dc.publisher Routledge en_US
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dc.title In Search of Wealth and Power: The Nature of the Chinese State and Limits to Change en_US
dc.parent Law, Wealth and Power in China: Commercial Law Reforms in Context en_US
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dc.publocation London & New York en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 53 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 71 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
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dc.percentage 100 en_US International Economics and International Finance en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition Taylor & Francis en_US
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dc.description.keywords Commercial Law - China; China - Commercial Policy; China - Economic Policy; Investments, Foreign - Law and legislation - China; Foreign Trade regulation - China; Law reform - China; Socialism - China; Democracy - China; en_US
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