Communism and Economic Modernization
AbstractThe paper examines the range of national experiences of communist rule in terms of the aspiration to ‘overtake and outstrip the advanced countries economically’. It reviews the causal beliefs of the rulers, the rise and fall of their economies (or, in the case of China, its continued rise), the core institutions of communist rule and their evolution, and other outcomes. The process of overcoming a development lag so as to approach the global technological frontier has required continual institutional change and policy reform in the face of resistance from established interests. So far, China is the only country where communist rule has been able to meet this requirement, enabled by a new deal with political and economic stakeholders. The paper places the “China Deal” on a spectrum previously limited to the Soviet Big and Little Deals
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Beliefs; China; communism; convergence; growth; institutions; modernization; policy reform; Russia;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-07-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-CIS-2012-07-29 (Confederation of Independent States)
- NEP-CWA-2012-07-29 (Central & Western Asia)
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- Kornai, Janos, 1992. "The Socialist System: The Political Economy of Communism," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198287766.
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- The China Deal: Why China's economic success is fragile by Mark Harrison
by Mark Harrison in Mark Harrison's blog on 2012-07-29 14:23:46
- Harrison, Mark & Zaksauskienė, Inga, 2013. "Counter-Intelligence in a Command Economy," CAGE Online Working Paper Series 169, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
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