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China’s Four Decades of Reforms: A View from Neo-Authoritarianism

Gong Qing Xiao ()
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Gong Qing Xiao: Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China

Man and the Economy, 2019, vol. 6, issue 1, 7

Abstract: This article offers a bird’s eye view of the four decades of Chinese economic reforms from the perspective of Neo-authoritarianism. During the first stage of China’s reform, from the late 1970s until the rise of Xi Jinping in March 2013, a soft version of Neo-authoritarianism prevailed in China. While the Communist Party held onto power, market liberalization cultivated a flourishing private sector, creating unprecedented wealth and a fledging civil society in China. The rise of Xi marks the beginning of a new hard version of Neo-Authoritarianism; strengthening political control.

Keywords: Neo-authoritarianism; Soft vs. Hard Neo-authoritarianism; Xi Jinping (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1515/me-2019-0003

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