Skip to content

Due to scheduled maintenance, online ordering, in regions where offered, will not be available on this site from 08:00 until noon GMT on Sunday 17th February. We apologise for the inconvenience.


Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

A Political Economy of the United States, China, and India
Prosperity with Inequality

$29.99 (P)

  • Date Published: May 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316635001

$ 29.99 (P)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • The precipitous rise in global and national economic inequality, which the inexorable force of globalization promised to address with affluence and abundance for all, has returned with a vengeance. The problem of worsening socioeconomic inequality and how best to ameliorate this pernicious resurgence occupies center stage of national and international politics. This study investigates the coexistence of high rates of economic growth and unparalleled prosperity (including a review of the decline in poverty levels in China and India and many other developing countries) with rises in income and wealth inequality in the United States, China, and India. This book examines the overall effectiveness of the measures taken by these three countries to address such anomalies, and what they should do to tackle the problem of widening inequality. This study breaks new ground by providing an original comparative analysis of the challenges facing the world's three major economies.

    • Addresses why both democratic and authoritarian governance have failed to promote more equitable development
    • Provides nuanced insights into the roots of inequality crises
    • Offers solutions to address global economic inequality
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    Advance praise: 'This is the first comparative study of the drivers of inequality in three countries with radically different political and economic institutions. Shalendra D. Sharma shows how the interaction between globalization, institutional arrangements and public policy can increase income inequality in different political and economic contexts. His original insights and sobering findings should make this book required reading for all concerned with the causes and consequences of inequality in the new gilded age.' Minxin Pei, Claremont McKenna College, California and author of China’s Crony Capitalism

    Advance praise: 'Professor Sharma tackles head-on one of the toughest political economy questions of the twenty-first century: how to deal with inequality, and what can the experience of the US, China and India tell us so far? His survey of the literature and analyses of the issues are insightful and revealing. No country has so far dealt satisfactorily with the issue of growing social income and wealth disparities and the fact that different regimes are trying different solutions may suggest that the issue is not theoretical but totally outcome oriented. I commend Professor Sharma's book as essential reading for both professionals and laymen interested in how to deal with the political problem today - at least in terms of its overall effectiveness when it comes to reconciling economic growth with more equitable distribution.' Andrew Sheng, Distinguished Fellow at Fung Global Institute, and author of From Asian to Global Financial Crisis

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316635001
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: prosperity with inequality in the age of globalization
    2. Widening income and wealth gap in United States
    3. Rising prosperity and widening inequality in the People's Republic of China
    4. Democracy, prosperity, and inequality in India
    5. Prosperity with equality: future directions.

  • Author

    Shalendra D. Sharma, University of San Francisco
    Shalendra D. Sharma is a professor in the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco, as well as the Lee Shau Kee Foundation Chair Professor of Political Science at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.