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Bureaucracy, Economy, and Leadership in China : The Institutional Origins of the Great Leap Forward - David Bachman

Bureaucracy, Economy, and Leadership in China

The Institutional Origins of the Great Leap Forward

Hardcover Published: 26th April 1991
ISBN: 9780521402750
Number Of Pages: 288

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In this book David Bachman examines the origins of the Great Leap Forward (GLF), a program of economic reform that must be considered one of the great tragedies of Communist China, estimated to have caused the death of between 14 and 28 million Chinese. While standard accounts interpret the GLF as chiefly the brainchild of Mao Zedong and as a radical rejection of a set of more moderate reform proposals put forward in the period 1956 to 1957, Bachman proposes a provocative reinterpretation of the origins of the GLF that stresses the role of the bureaucracy. Using a neo-institutionalist approach to analyze economic policy-making leading up to the GLF, he argues that the GLF must be seen as the product of an institutional process of policy-making.

'Bachman's arguments, supported by superb and exhaustive research in available Chinese-language and Western source materials, are strong and seldom overstated ... This is a work of innovative scholarship of high quality on issues of central concern to the study of contemporary China.' William Kirby, Washington University 'This is clearly a superb piece of scholarship. It is a major contribution to the literature on the period, and also to the literature on the political economy of the PRC. Because of the rather novel perspective applied, it is not a mere linear 'improvement' on existing works on the GLF, but an entirely new study to provide new insights.' Michael Schoenhals, Swedish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Historical Background and Conceptual Approach
Overview: Chinese politics and economy, 1956-1957
Institutions and policy in China
The Institutional Origins of the Great Leap Forward
The financial coalition
The planning and heavy industry coalition
The Party as agent of social transformation
The views of the top leadership
The Third Plenum of the Eighth Central Committee and the Great Leap Forward
Appendix: the constraints on Mao
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ISBN: 9780521402750
ISBN-10: 0521402751
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 26th April 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 15.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.54