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China: Workshop of the world?


  • Jonathan Story


Because China's transformation process is complex and remains open-ended, there are many partial answers provided to the many questions asked by foreign observers and Chinese people alike about where China is heading. The argument here is that it is wrong to assert China's coming collapse, just as it is not correct to assert that the dynamics so visibly at work in China will lead to China becoming the world's workshop. It is closer to the truth to maintain that the dynamics at work in China can lead in any direction, and that the necessary, let alone the sufficient conditions for them leading to a desirable outcome are daunting, but not impossible to achieve. This article suggests both necessary and sufficient conditions for China to emerge as the world's workshop, and then looks forward to assess whether we may expect regime change or political development.

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  • Jonathan Story, 2005. "China: Workshop of the world?," Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 3(2), pages 95-109.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jocebs:v:3:y:2005:i:2:p:95-109
    DOI: 10.1080/14765280500119973

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    1. Yu, J. & Nijkamp, P., 2008. "Ownership, R&D and productivity change : assessing the catch-up in China’s high-tech industries," Serie Research Memoranda 0010, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.

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    Transition; globalization; political development; marketization; Jel Classifications: B52; F0; F23; P20;

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    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • F0 - International Economics - - General
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General


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