Description

China's economic growth has been more robust in some regions than others.  In a country as large as China, examinations of regional differences can provide a viable way to learn about the economy as a whole.  Rongxing Guo provides a systematic introduction to the economies of China by describing their external and internal drivers and by placing them within geopolitical and even socio-cultural boundaries.  His pairings of case studies and empirical techniques reveal a rich, deep appreciation of the growth process and of interactions between key factors. This book delves more deeply into issues surrounding the economy than other books, offering a unique and important perspective that many will find useful.  Covering history and administrative structures, unique economic features, some domestic economic issues, and international economic engagement, it describes an often inaccessible perspective with nuances all students of China will find valuable

Key Features

  • Introduces China’s regional economies, often overlooked in US and European texts within larger contexts of social and geopolitical concerns 
  • Explains the reform process since 1978 in a comprehensive, non-technical, and accessible manner
  • Includes online ancillaries of documents, links, and more, expanding the text and keeping it up-to-date
  • Features case studies in each chapter

Readership

For second courses on the Chinese enconomy.  Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students studying international trade, macroeconomics, and development economics.  

Table of Contents

Dedication

List of Boxes

List of Case Studies

List of Figures

List of Tables

Contents of the Companion

List of Abbreviations

Acknowledgments

Map

Introduction

Chapter 1. A Brief History of China

1.1 The Origins of the Nation

1.2 The Rise and Fall of the Empire

1.3 China in the New Millennium

References

Chapter 2. Spatial and Administrative Divisions

2.1 Administrative Divisions

2.2 Great Regions

2.3 Geographical Belts

2.4 Southern and Northern Parts

2.5 Ethno-Cultural Areas

2.6 Summary

References

Chapter 3. Human and Cultural Contexts

3.1 Population

3.2 Labor Force

3.3 Education

3.4 Cultural Diversity

3.5 Summary

References

Chapter 4. Natural and Environmental Resources

4.1 Natural Resources

4.2 Energy Production

4.3 Environmental Quality

4.4 Chinese Environmental Policy

4.5 Policy Implications

References

Chapter 5. Political and Administrative Systems

5.1 Party Versus State

5.2 Government and Administrative Systems

5.3 Legal System

5.4 (Dis)advantages of China’s Political System

5.5 Further Implications

References

Chapter 6. Economic Systems in Transition

6.1 Economic Transition, Chinese Style

6.2 Getting Out of Plan

6.3 Labor and Employment

6.4 Production Ownership

6.5 Public Finance

6.6 Banking System

6.7 Summary

References

Chapter 7. Understanding Chinese Economic Reform

7.1 Radical Reform: The Successful Cases

7.2 Radical Reform: The Unsuccessful Cases

7.3 Gradual/Partial Reform: The Successful Cases

7.4 Gradual/Partial Reform: The Unsuccessful Cases

7.5 Whither Chinese-Style Reform?

7.6 Su

Details

No. of pages:
310
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780123978264
Electronic ISBN:
9780123978288

Reviews

"Guo’s book combines the broad brush strokes of an introductory text with rich detail on the complexities of modern China.  The book is a comprehensive guide to the changes that have transformed the Chinese economy during the reform era."

--Eric Thun, University of Oxford