Monday, March 24, 2014

Book: In Search of China's Development Model (14 March 2014)

In Search of China's Development Model

Beyond the Beijing Consensus

Edited by S. Philip Hsu, Yu-Shan Wu, Suisheng Zhao

Routledge – 2012 – 254 pages

This book examines the development model that has driven China's economic success and looks at how it differs from the Washington Consensus. China’s Development Model (CDM) is examined with a view to answering a central question: given China’s peculiar matrix of a socialist party-state juxtaposed with economic internationalization and marketization, what are the underlying dynamics and the distinctive features of the economic and political/legal/social dimensions of the CDM, and how do we properly characterize their interrelations? The chapters further analyse to what extent and under what circumstances is China's development model sustainable, and to what degree is it readily applicable to other developing countries.
Based on their findings in this volume, the authors conclude that the defining feature of the CDM’s economic dimension is "Janus-faced state-led growth," and the political/legal/social dimension of the CDM is best characterized as "adaptive post-totalitarianism." The contributors illustrate that the CDM’s parameters are shown to be much less sustainable than the CDM’s outcome in developmental performance and the extent to which the CDM can be applied to other late-developers is subject to more qualifications than its sustainability.

Part I: Overview 1 In Search of China’s Development Model, S. Philip Hsu 2 The Myth of the Beijing Consensus, Scott Kennedy 3 The China Model of Development, Suisheng Zhao Part II: The Economic Dimension 4 China’s Industrial Capitalism, Barry Naughton 5 Can China Sustain Rapid Growth Despite Flawed Institutions? Thomas G. Rawski Part III: Political Dimension 6 From a Socialist State to a Developmental State, Yi-feng Tao 7 Balancing Developmental Needs with Vertical and Horizontal Power Competition in China, 1993-2004, S. Philip Hsu 8 Law and the Beijing Consensus, Jacques deLisle 9 Elite Recruitment and the Post-totalitarian Developmental State, Chien-wen Kou Part IV: Socioeconomic Dimension 10 Who Consents to the “Beijing Consensus”?, Bruce J. Dickson 11 In Search of NGOs in Contemporary China, Hsin-Hsien Wang 12 A Model of Adherence to No Model, Shaoguang Wang 13 Strengthening the Soft Discipline Constraint, Szu-chien Hsu

Author bio:
S. Philip Hsu is Executive Director at the Center for China Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Social Sciences, National Taiwan University.
Yu-Shan Wu is director of the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica, Taiwan and jointly appointed professor at the Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University.
Suisheng Zhao is Professor and Executive Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver.

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