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China and the West

Crossroads of Civilisation, 1st Edition

By Peter Nolan


268 pages

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Capitalist globalisation since the 1980s has produced immense benefits in terms of technical progress, poverty reduction and welfare improvement. However, it has been accompanied by profound contradictions, including ecological destruction, global warming, inequality, concentration of business power, and financial instability. Regulation of global political economy in the interests of the majority of the world’s population is essential if the human species is to avoid a Darwinian catastrophe. This book explores China’s rich history of regulating the market in the interests of the mass of the population. For over two thousand years the Chinese bureaucracy has sought pragmatically to find a Way in which to integrate the ‘invisible hand’ of market forces with the ‘visible hand’ of ethically guided government regulation. Instead of seeking confrontation with China, citizens and politicians in the West need to deepen their understanding of the contribution that China can make to globally sustainable development in the decades and centuries ahead.

Table of Contents

Part 1: China and the West over the long-term 1. Convergence and divergence in the long-run development of China and the West 2. How China sees the West Part 2: The two-edged sword of capitalist globalization 3. The rationality of capitalism 4. The irrationality of capitalism Part 3: The Communist Party of China, parliamentary democracy and the Ancien Régime 5. The Communist Party of China and parliamentary democracy 6. The Communist Party of China and the Ancien Régime

About the Author

Peter Nolan is Director of the China Centre, Jesus College; Founding Director, Centre of Development Studies; Chong Hua Professor in Chinese Development (Emeritus); Director of the China Executive Leadership Programme; and a Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. In 2009 he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) 'for services supporting China’s integration into the global economy'.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research-level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of the Chinese economy, including studies of business and economic history. Works of synthesis, reference books and edited collections will also be considered. Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies