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China in Between Varieties of Capitalism and Communism

Maria Csanadi ()
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Maria Csanadi: Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

No 1604, CERS-IE WORKING PAPERS from Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies

Abstract: This paper is challenging mainstream views about the contemporary Chinese system as a developmental state and a variety of capitalism. Based on a comparative analytical model (Csanádi, 1997, 2006) I will demonstrate that in China the general features of a communist system prevail to date, and that the „Chinese specifics” is a structural variety of those general features. I will point out why the Chinese system is neither capitalist nor post-socialist. Instead, it is a complex party-state system in the process of transformation comparable, but not identifyable - to all other party-state systems in their period of operation and transformation. Mainstream concepts of Chinese developmental state, state capitalism, socialist market economy, emerging system, hybrid system variegated capitalism, polymorphous state, centralized developmental autocracy, entrepreneurial state, instrumental development state and clientelist state may be detected embedded in and accomodated to this complex and transforming party-state system.

Keywords: developmental state; variety of capitalism; party-state system; network; power distribution; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: P1 P2 P3 P5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2016-01
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