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China and Post-Socialist Development$
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Andrzej Bolesta

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447321507

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447321507.001.0001

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China as a post-socialist developmental state

China as a post-socialist developmental state

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China and Post-Socialist Development

Andrzej Bolesta

Policy Press

This chapter explains China's contemporary development trajectory. It examines the main features of the post-socialist developmental state (PSDS), as one which fuses the two intellectual streams, that of the concept of the developmental state and that of post-socialist transformation. It is argued that China has become a genus of the PSDS model and that this model provides an explanation for the institutional and policy choices of the state leadership during the time of systemic transformation. The concept of post-socialist developmental state is believed to be a normative model, with transferable lessons for underdeveloped countries in systemic transition. For the post-socialist states it is seen as the logical consequence of transformation, which was not employed due to international pressure. For other underdeveloped countries it is offered as a general developmental guidance, valid particularly now when neo-liberalism has been discredited and the criticism of global capitalism is mounting, and there is indeed some space to be less doctrinaire in an attempt to accelerate development. The chapter starts with the examination of the PSDS features. It then continues with the explanation of China's development as a genus of the PSDS model. Finally it examines the model's broader applicability.

Keywords:   post-socialist developmental state, China's development, development models, global capitalism, underdevelopment, post-socialist transformation

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