China and Post-Socialist Development

Andrzej Bolesta

China and Post-Socialist Development

Andrzej Bolesta

Distributed for Bristol University Press

304 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447321507 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The reemergence of China as an economic superpower during its systemic transition away from socialism is an astonishing phenomenon. In China and Post-Socialist Development, Andrzej Bolesta offers the first comprehensive study to frame China’s advancements within the context of the East Asian developmental miracle.

Setting China’s advancements against the background of post-socialist transformation, he asks how this phenomenon occurred and where China goes from here. As China transitions from central planning to a market economy, it imitates the institutions and policies of Japan and South Korea during their high growth periods of the second half of the twentieth century. China’s approach—while broadly in opposition to the neoliberal doctrine—has brought impressive results, and, as Bolesta argues, has profound implications for the nation’s future.


The developmental state

Post-Socialist transformation in China

The politics of development

The policies of development

China as a Post- Socialist developmental state

Review Quotes
Indrani Lahiri, De Montfort University | LSE Review of Books
“Bolesta has set up a pioneering trend. . . . A must read for everyone interested in China and post-socialist states.”
Europe-Asia Studies
“This book presents new innovations and insights about China and for [this] reason its study is recommended to those interested in the field of economic development.”
Avinash Godbole | Asian Affairs
“The author’s painstaking work in discussing a wide variety of issues spanning more than sixty years and looking across the globe deserves praise, and attention to this volume.”
Justin Yifu Lin | National School of Development, Peking University, former chief economist, the World Bank
"The book provides a convincing analysis on China’s success story from the lens of the developmental state and post-socialist transformation. This is a welcome read for anyone who is interested in economic development and transition in China as well as in the world."
Tony Addison | Chief Economist/Deputy Director, United Nations University-WIDER
"China moves at such a fast pace that it leaves most commentators struggling to catch up. Fortunately, Bolesta has written a book that tells us where China has been and, critically, where it might go next. An indispensable guide to China’s journey."
Barry Naughton | University of California, San Diego
“A work of astonishing range that integrates the developmental state literature with the literature on the transition from socialism. Covering the essential points and bringing personal insights with great subtlety, Bolesta integrates the experiences of a range of transition economies, including China and Poland, so often seen as polar opposites.”
Richard Stubbs | McMaster University, Canada
“A thoughtful and readable contribution to the debate about the extent to which the developmental state model has contributed to China’s economic success, providing a provocative and intriguing argument that China should be a model for other post-socialist states.”
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