1st Edition

An East Asian Challenge to Western Neoliberalism Critical Perspectives on the ‘China Model’

By Niv Horesh, Kean Fan Lim Copyright 2018
    180 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    180 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Analysts generally agree that, in the long term, the biggest challenge to American hegemony is not military, but rather China’s economic rise. This perception is spread in no small measure because Xi Jinping has – in the face of patent military inferiority – conducted himself much more boldly on the world stage than Hu Jintao. Meanwhile, China has also begun conjuring up an alternative vision for global leadership, now widely termed as the ‘China model’.

    This book therefore offers a critical and comprehensive explanation of the China model and its origins. Using a range of case studies, covering varying historical and geographical approaches, it debates whether the Chinese experience in the last three decades of economic reform should be interpreted as an answer to the reigning hegemony of neoliberalism, or rather a further reinforcement of it. To answer these questions, it provides an investigation into what China may have learned from its East Asian neighbours’ earlier economic successes. It also examines how it is responding to and might even reconfigure the world political-economic system as it develops fresh and potentially more powerful regulatory capacities.

    Providing a multi-dimensional analysis of the ‘China model’, the book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese Economics, Economic Geography and Chinese Studies.

    1. Introduction

    2. Restoring Tang Splendour? A Critical Historical Assessment of China’s New Aspirational Narrative of Global Leadership

    3. CPC Elite Perception of the US since the Early 1990s: Zheng Bijian, Wang Huning and Liu Mingfu as Test Cases

    4. The ‘Singapore Fever’ in China: Policy Mobility and Mutation

    5. The Chongqing vs. Guangdong ‘Models’ of Economic Development: Regional and Historical Perspectives on the Dynamics of Socioeconomic Change in post-Mao China

    6. China: An East Asian Alternative to Neoliberalism?

    7. Conclusions


    Niv Horesh is a professorial visiting fellow at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University.

    Kean Fan Lim is assistant professor in economic geography in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham.