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China after Socialism: In the Footsteps of Eastern Europe or East Asia? (review)

China after Socialism: In the Footsteps of Eastern Europe or East Asia? (review) Reviews 205 Barrett L. McCormick and Jonathan Unger, editors. China after Socialism: In the Footsteps ofEastern Europe or East Asia? Armonìa, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1996. An East Gate Book, viii, 214 pp. Hardcover $64.95, isbn 156324-666-x. Paperback $24.95, isbn 1-56324-667-8. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Western sinologists have searched--at times even hoped--for impending signs that a comparable process, either of dissolution or democratization, would erupt in China. The Maoist view of socialism (with or without "Chinese characteristics") is generally assumed to be a discredited ideol- ogy; the only question for many is how and when Communist rule in China will end. The peculiar combination of free-market economic reforms and political control--"one hand open, one hand shut"--seems to contradict conventional theories of development. Yet Party rule continues, confounding the experts. In the nine papers of uneven quality collected in China after Socialism, the arguments ofboth doomsayers and optimists become longer-term, more sophisticated, and more qualified. Unlike the title, which (like most of the chapters) originates from a 1993 conference at Australian National University, the contributors' papers are not restricted to only two possible explanations of China's future. Editors McCormick and Unger promise no "hard and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

China after Socialism: In the Footsteps of Eastern Europe or East Asia? (review)

China Review International , Volume 5 (1) – Mar 30, 1998

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Reviews 205 Barrett L. McCormick and Jonathan Unger, editors. China after Socialism: In the Footsteps ofEastern Europe or East Asia? Armonìa, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1996. An East Gate Book, viii, 214 pp. Hardcover $64.95, isbn 156324-666-x. Paperback $24.95, isbn 1-56324-667-8. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Western sinologists have searched--at times even hoped--for impending signs that a comparable process, either of dissolution or democratization, would erupt in China. The Maoist view of socialism (with or without "Chinese characteristics") is generally assumed to be a discredited ideol- ogy; the only question for many is how and when Communist rule in China will end. The peculiar combination of free-market economic reforms and political control--"one hand open, one hand shut"--seems to contradict conventional theories of development. Yet Party rule continues, confounding the experts. In the nine papers of uneven quality collected in China after Socialism, the arguments ofboth doomsayers and optimists become longer-term, more sophisticated, and more qualified. Unlike the title, which (like most of the chapters) originates from a 1993 conference at Australian National University, the contributors' papers are not restricted to only two possible explanations of China's future. Editors McCormick and Unger promise no "hard and

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Published: Mar 30, 1998

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