Political Logic of Economic Reform in China

ISBN-10: 0520077075
ISBN-13: 9780520077072
Edition: 1993
Authors: Susan L. Shirk
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/15/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

In the past decade, China was able to carry out economic reform without political reform, while the Soviet Union attempted the opposite strategy. How did China succeed at economic market reform without changing communist rule? Susan Shirk shows that Chinese communist political institutions are more flexible and less centralized than their Soviet counterparts were. Shirk pioneers a rational choice institutional approach to analyze policy-making in a non-democratic authoritarian country and to explain the history of Chinese market reforms from 1979 to the present. Drawing on extensive interviews with high-level Chinese officials, she pieces together detailed histories of economic reform policy decisions and shows how the political logic of Chinese communist institutions shaped those decisions. Combining theoretical ambition with the flavor of on-the-ground policy-making in Beijing, this book is a major contribution to the study of reform in China and other communist countries.

Acknowledgments
Formal Authority Relations Among Central Communist Party and Government Institutions in the People's Republic of China
Introduction
The Political Logic of Economic Reform
The Prereform Chinese Economy and the Decision to Initiate Market Reforms
Chinese Political Institutions
Authority Relations: The Communist Party and the Government
Leadership Incentives: Political Succession and Reciprocal Accountability
Bargaining Arena: The Government Bureaucracy
Who Is Enfranchised in the Policy-making Process?
Decision Rules: Delegation by Consensus
Chinese Political Institutions and the Path of Economic Reforms
Economic Reform Policy-Making
Playing to the Provinces: Fiscal Decentralization and the Politics of Reform
Creating Vested Interests in Reform: Industrial Reform Takeoff, 1978-81
Leadership Succession and Policy Conflict: The Choice Between Profit Contracting and Substituting Tax-for-Profit, 1982-83
Building Bureaucratic Consensus: Formulating the Tax-for-Profit Policy, 1983-84
The Power of Particularism: Abortive Price Reform and the Revival of Profit Contracting, 1985-88
Conclusion
The Political Lessons of Economic Reform in China
Bibliography
Index

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