Political and Social Change in China since 1978

Political and Social Change in China since 1978

Political and Social Change in China since 1978

Political and Social Change in China since 1978

Synopsis

Burton challenges standard interpretations of contemporary China in this major new investigation. The post-Mao agenda, in which the notion of class struggle as the "key link" was explicitly repudiated, formed the foundation for China's post-1978 modernization program. Burton describes this program as "post-socialist," arguing that socialism as a definitive category has become irrelevant. He contends that demands for the reform of China's system of economic organization were the direct result of the failure of the Party's post-revolutionary political agenda and that subsequent economic improvements led to calls for modernization of the nation's structure of political authority.
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