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The Chinese Reassessment of Socialism, 1976-1992 - Yan Sun

The Chinese Reassessment of Socialism, 1976-1992

By: Yan Sun

Paperback Published: 10th September 1995
ISBN: 9780691029986
Number Of Pages: 376

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A momentous debate has been unfolding in China over the last fifteen years, only intermittently in public view, concerning the merits of socialism as a philosophy of social justice and as a program for national development. Just as Deng Xiaoping's better advertised experiment with market- based reforms has challenged Marxist-Leninist dogma on economic policy, the years since the death of Mao Zedong have seen a profound reexamination of a more basic question: to what extent are the root problems of the system due to Chinese socialism and Marxism generally? Here Yan Sun gathers a remarkable group of primary materials, drawn from an unusual range of sources, to present the most systematic and comprehensive study of post-Mao reappraisal of China's socialist theory and practice.

Rejecting an assumption often made in the West, that Chinese socialist thought has little bearing on politics and policymaking, Sun takes the arguments of the post-Mao era seriously on their own terms. She identifies the major factions in the debate, reveals the interplay among official and unofficial forces, and charts the development of the debate from an initially parochial concern with problems raised by Chinese practice to a grand critique of the theory of socialism itself. She concludes with an enlightening comparison of the reassessments undertaken by Deng Xiaoping with those of Gorbachev, linking them to the divergent outcomes of reform and revolution in their respective countries.

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"The book helps us to better understand the ideological dimension of the post-Mao reform movement in China. It sheds new light on the reasons for China's successful economic development without democratization and is a much-needed addition to the existing literature on contemporary China."--Perspectives on Political Science

Prefacep. ix
The Affirmation, Development, and Negation of Marxismp. 3
From the Whatever to the Dialectical Materialist Approachp. 22
Competing Models of the Socialist Economyp. 52
The Reassessment of the Socialist Economic Systemp. 85
The Noncompeting Nature of the Socialist Political Systemp. 121
The Reassessment of the Socialist Political Systemp. 153
The Reconceptualization of Socialismp. 183
The Response to the "Liberal" Reassessment of Socialismp. 214
The Chinese and Soviet Reassessments of Socialism: A Comparisonp. 237
The Post-Mao Reassessment of Socialism and the Chinese Socialist Experiencep. 258
Notesp. 277
Referencesp. 329
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9780691029986
ISBN-10: 0691029989
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 10th September 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52