Glassman analyzes the remarkable changes occurring in Chinese society and the steps China has begun to take in moving from state-run economics to free enterprise, and from party dictatorship to electoral democracy. He focuses on the emergence of a modern middle class, and provides a Weberian analysis through such concepts as rationalization, the bureaucratic middle strata, the greater degree of efficiency of capitalism over socialism, the independent power of the state, and charismatic leadership. His methods offer not only an understanding of modern China, but of all nations making the transition to modernity.
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