Development State, Entrepreneurial State: The Political Economy of Socialist Reform in Xinju Municipality and Guanghan County

Title:
Development State, Entrepreneurial State: The Political Economy of Socialist Reform in Xinju Municipality and Guanghan County
Authors:
Blecher, Marc J.
Abstract:
In social science, the subject of study generally changes much faster than our ability to conceptualise, much less theorise, it. This has happened once again with respect to the problematic of reform of state socialism. Caught flat-footed by the phoenix of Dengism which rose not once but twice from the ashes of late Maoism, China studies was forced to cast about for an analytical framework appropriate to the radical changes in political economy. For state-society relations, totalitarianism was resuscitated, both in its familiar old dark visage and as a newly refined conceptual progeny shorn of the theoretical excesses and political biases of the progenitor.1 At the level of development strategy and attendant political conflict over it, the paradigm of two-line struggle soon found itself confronted by the more hydra-like three-line struggle.2 And for the study of the actual planning and administration of development, many returned to the language of decentralisation. Indeed, there was a virtual stampede back to the conceptualisation offered in the mid-1960s by Franz Schurmann of decentralisation I and decentralisation II, because it was the most sophisticated and powerful discussion of the topic available.
Citation:
Blecher, Marc. Development State, Entrepreneurial State: The Political Economy of Socialist Reform in Xinju Municipality and Guanghan County. In The Chinese State in the Era of Economic Reform, edited by Gordon White. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. 1991.
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
DATE ISSUED:
1991
Department:
Politics
Type:
Book chapter
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1007/978-1-349-11939-4_12
Series:
Studies on the Chinese Economy
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/597049

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dc.contributor.authorBlecher, Marc J.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-23T20:05:21Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-23T20:05:21Zen
dc.date.issued1991en
dc.identifier.citationBlecher, Marc. Development State, Entrepreneurial State: The Political Economy of Socialist Reform in Xinju Municipality and Guanghan County. In The Chinese State in the Era of Economic Reform, edited by Gordon White. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. 1991.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/597049en
dc.description.abstractIn social science, the subject of study generally changes much faster than our ability to conceptualise, much less theorise, it. This has happened once again with respect to the problematic of reform of state socialism. Caught flat-footed by the phoenix of Dengism which rose not once but twice from the ashes of late Maoism, China studies was forced to cast about for an analytical framework appropriate to the radical changes in political economy. For state-society relations, totalitarianism was resuscitated, both in its familiar old dark visage and as a newly refined conceptual progeny shorn of the theoretical excesses and political biases of the progenitor.1 At the level of development strategy and attendant political conflict over it, the paradigm of two-line struggle soon found itself confronted by the more hydra-like three-line struggle.2 And for the study of the actual planning and administration of development, many returned to the language of decentralisation. Indeed, there was a virtual stampede back to the conceptualisation offered in the mid-1960s by Franz Schurmann of decentralisation I and decentralisation II, because it was the most sophisticated and powerful discussion of the topic available.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillan UKen
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/978-1-349-11939-4_12en_US
dc.subject.departmentPoliticsen_US
dc.titleDevelopment State, Entrepreneurial State: The Political Economy of Socialist Reform in Xinju Municipality and Guanghan Countyen_US
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.title.seriesStudies on the Chinese Economyen_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-349-11941-7en
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