Sources of Chinese Economic Growth, 1978-1996

Sources of Chinese Economic Growth, 1978-1996

Sources of Chinese Economic Growth, 1978-1996

Sources of Chinese Economic Growth, 1978-1996


'This work is rich in both empirical and theoretical material. Strongly recommended for students of economic development, comparative economic systems, and the Chinese economy.' -ChoiceThis book offers a detailed, comprehensive, and relatively non-technical overview of how and why the Chinese economy grew after 1978. It argues that the Chinese government played a very positive role in the process. By contrast, foreign trade and foreign investment were less important than usually thought. The book also concludes that China benefited from some of the policies adopted by Mao in the 1960s and 1970s.


During the course of writing this rather long book, I have been greatly cheered and encouraged by a number of colleagues and friends. It is therefore with no little pleasure that I should like to acknowledge the assistance of Bob Ash, Terry Byres, Stuart Corbridge, and W. J. Macpherson in formulating the arguments which underlie my analysis. I am grateful to Steve Purdom for his enthusiastic research assistance. Michael Pollitt, my fellow Director of Studies, willingly shouldered more than his share of the burden of undergraduate teaching and in doing so gave me that invaluable margin of time in which to research and to think about the Chinese economy. I have also benefited enormously from discussions with Marion Jones and Liu Minquan, both of whom have been instrumental in encouraging me to reject the siren call of the conventional wisdom. However, my principal intellectual debt is to Mushtaq Khan, who rightly persuaded me that any explanation of Chinese growth couched simply in terms of industrial policy was far too glib unless proper weight was given to the political dimension of transition. I hope he feels that the end product is at least an improvement on my earlier ideas. I should also like to pay tribute to my former colleagues at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University. I have crossed swords with many of them over the years, but I have long been grateful for their fellowship and for the research environment offered by that wonderful institution.

In addition, I am grateful to Oxford University Press and to the Contemporary China Institute for the efficient manner in which my manuscript has been turned into a finished product. Two anonymous referees did much to strengthen and improve my argument in a number of places, and I am grateful to Frank Dikötter, Andrew Schuller, Jason Pearce, and John Callow for expediting the production process.

My greatest debt is a personal one, but the contribution of Beate Müller to the writing of this book is not to be measured in mere words.

Chris Bramall


February 2000 . . .

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