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Power and Wealth in Rural China
The Political Economy of Institutional Change

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Part of Cambridge Modern China Series

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028417

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About the Authors
  • This book focuses on China's rural industries, offering an innovative, theoretical framework to explain insitutional change. Susan Whiting explores the complex interactions of individuals, institutions, and the broader political economy to examine variation and change in property rights and extractive institutions in China's rural industrial sector. Whiting explains why public ownership predominated during the early years of reform and why privatization is now taking place. This book will be of interest not only to students and scholars of Chinese economic development, but also of comparative politics and political economy more generally.

    • Deeply engages and makes a theoretical contribution to the comparative politics and political economy literatures as well as the China Studies literature
    • Draws on empirical evidence to challenge conventional wisdom in China Studies
    • A rigorous, systematic comparative study of three regions in China
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a book at once theoretically sophisticated and substantively rich...There is much more of great theoretical and substantive moment packed into Power and Wealth in Rural China for readers- and they should include all those with an interest in Chinese and comparative political economy- to discover." Marc Blecher, Pacific Affairs

    "Whiting's book performs a valuable service in helping us better understand complex institutional arrangements and identify future challenges facing China's rural economy." Canadian Journal of Developmental Studies

    "This volume should be part of any research-oriented collection on comtemporary China. Strongly recommended for political economy, economic development, comparative economic systems, and Asian studies collections" CHOICE Nov 2001

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028417
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps, figures, and tables
    1. Explaining institutional change
    2. The Maoist legacy in rural industry
    3. Incentive structures and local cadre behavior
    4. Incentives, constraints, and the evolution of property rights
    5. Statis and change in extractive institutions
    6. Credit allocation and collective organizational structures
    7. The political economy of institutional change

  • Author

    Susan H. Whiting, University of Washington

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