An East Asian Challenge to Western Neoliberalism: Critical Perspectives on the ‘China Model’, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

An East Asian Challenge to Western Neoliberalism

Critical Perspectives on the ‘China Model’, 1st Edition

By Niv Horesh, Kean Fan Lim


180 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Comparative Asian Politics

Books in this series will cover such areas as political institutions and systems, political economy, political culture, political thought, political psychology, public administration, law, and political histories of Asia. The studies may deal with Asia as a whole, a single country, or a group of countries in Asia. Those studies that have a clear comparative edge are especially welcome."

The Editorial Board:

Alice Ba, University of Delaware, USA

Mark Beeson, University of Murdoch, Australia
Jennifer Bussell, University of California at Berkeley, USA
William Callahan, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Nobuhiro Hiwatari, University of Tokyo, Japan
Jia Qingguo, Peking University, China

Jin Canrong, Renmin University, China
David Kang, University of Southern California, USA

Peter Moody, Notre Dame University, USA
Mariya Y. Omelicheva, University of Kansas, USA
Naveed Sheikh, University of Keele, UK
Narendra Subramanian, McGill University, Canada

Rina Williams, University of Cincinnati, USA

Brian Woodall, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Quansheng Zhao, American University, USA

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Comparative
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General