186 China Review International: Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2004 Scott A. Waldron, Colin G. Brown, and John W. Longworth. Rural Development in China: Insights from the Beef Industry. Aldershot (UK) and Burlington (VT): Ashgate, 2003. xiii, 283 pp. Hardcover $89.95, isbn 0 754618048. While China's quarter century of economic reform has allowed for the creation of vast wealth and transformed the nation, it is certain that gaps between rich and poor, urban and rural, and east and west are growing apace with China's fortunes. These inequalities are the basis for diverse social, political, and economic tensions. They also constitute major "push" and "pull" factors associated with China's "floating population" emanating from rural areas and estimated to be in excess of one hundred million persons. Planners and researchers all recognize that steps must be taken to improve parity and the economic alternatives available to rural China--if for no other reason than to encourage more folks to stay "down on the farm." Exactly what actions should be taken and, as importantly, exactly what level of government should promulgate and manage these "reformed" reform programs are issues at the core of the nation's contemporary economicdevelopment debate. They serve as the
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 18, 2004
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