The re-emergence of China as an economic superpower during its systemic transition is an astonishing phenomenon. China and Post-Socialist Development is the first comprehensive attempt to frame China’s advancements within the context of the East Asian developmental miracle, against the background of post-socialist transformation, asking how has it happened and where does China go from here?
In this book the author argues that as China transits from central planning to market, it tries to imitate the institutions and policies of Japan and South Korea during their high growth periods of the second half of the twentieth century. China’s approach – broadly in opposition to the neo-liberal doctrine – has brought impressive results, leading the author to make important predictions about the future.
This book is for everybody who is interested in China, development and post-socialist transformation.
Andrzej Bolesta, a scholar and a diplomat, educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD) and the University of Oxford (MSc), has lived in East Asia for the last eight years, most of this time in Beijing, China, working for the Polish embassy.
“A work of astonishing range that integrates the developmental state literature with the literature on the transition from socialism. Covering the essential points and bringing personal insights with great subtlety, Bolesta integrates the experiences of a range of transition economies, including China and Poland, so often seen as polar opposites.” Barry Naughton, UC San Diego
"This book presents new innovations and insights about China and for [this] reason its study is recommended to those interested in the field of economic development." - Europe-Asia Studies
The author's painstaking work in discussing a wide variety of issues spanning more than 60 years and looking across the globe deserves praise, and attention to this volume." Avinash Godbole, Asian Affairs
"A thoughtful and readable contribution to the debate about the extent to which the developmental state model has contributed to China's economic success, providing a provocative and intriguing argument that China should be a model for other post-socialist states." Richard Stubbs, McMaster University, Canada
"Bolesta has set up a pinoeering trend...a must read for everyone interested in China and post-socialist states." LSE Review of Books
"The book provides a convincing analysis on China’s success story from the lens of the developmental state and post-socialist transformation. This is a welcome read for anyone who is interested in economic development and transition in China as well as in the world." Justin Yifu Lin, Professor and Honorary Dean, National School of Development, Peking University, Former Chief Economist, the World Bank
"China moves at such a fast pace that it leaves most commentators struggling to catch up. Fortunately, Andrzej Bolesta has written a book that tells us where China has been and, critically, where it might go next. An indispensable guide to China's journey." Tony Addison, Chief Economist/Deputy Director, United Nations University-WIDER