White, Lynn T., III, 1941-

Rural roots of reform before China's conservative change / by Lynn T. White III. - 1 online resource (410 pages) : 41 illustrations

chapter 1 Farmers start the end of the centralist revolution -- chapter 2 Ex-peasant industrialists end most socialist planning -- chapter 3 Varied managers reform China's power structure -- chapter 4 Countryside businesspeople modernize China's markets -- chapter 5 Rural leaders beat urban planners -- chapter 6 Tax collectors and subsidizers shape central-local relations -- chapter 7 Budgeteers face the 1980s crisis -- chapter 8 Owners manage urban corruption and companies -- chapter 9 Bankers arrange credit, savings, and depreciation -- chapter 10 Technicians innovate to sell quality products -- chapter 11 Long-distance traders and Jiangnan regionalists create new markets -- chapter 12 Service providers rule collective and private enterprises -- chapter 13 Migrants staff China's reform economy.

China's economic and military rise dominates discussions of the world's most populous country. Resilient authoritarian government is credited with great successes, but this book expands the discourse to include governance by village heads - who often ignored central politicians. Chinese reforms for prosperity started circa 1970 under rural and suburban leaders. They could act autonomously then because of unexpected political and technological opportunities. Their localization of power eroded socialist controls. Since 1990, central leaders have tried to reverse reforms made by resilient local bosses.


POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International.
Agriculture and state--China.
Agriculture and state.
Central-local government relations--China.
Central-local government relations.
Decentralization in government--China.
Decentralization in government.
Economic development--China.
Economic development.
Local government--China.
Local government.
Politics and government.


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