China in the Local and Global Economy: History, Geography, Politics and Sustainability, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

China in the Local and Global Economy

History, Geography, Politics and Sustainability, 1st Edition

Edited by Steven Brakman, Charles van Marrewijk, Peter J. Morgan, Nimesh Salike


338 pages | 124 B/W Illus.

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The history of China dates back thousands of years, with periods of decline followed by periods of growth and innovation. This book puts the last 50 years – China's most recent period of growth – into perspective. It explores the changing national and international connections within China and between China and other parts of the world, and their importance for understanding the past, current, and future developments of the Chinese economy.

The book brings together leading international contributors from China, Japan and Europe to consider the historical developments of these connections, the importance of natural and man-made connections for the Chinese economy, the role of institutions and policies for understanding the connections and their sustainability.

This book will be of interest to scholars and researchers focusing on China, economics, geography or international trade.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Part I Historical Connections 1 China as a Nation Bas van Leeuwen and Jan Luiten van Zanden 2 Changing Structure of the Chinese Economy Paulo José Regis 3 The Rise of China Shiwei Hu Part II Geographical Connections 4 China and Geography Steven Brakman 5 Industrialisation, Urbanisation and Migration in China Charles van Marrewijk 6 International Trade and Supply Chains Nimesh Salike and Willem Thorbecke Part III Policy Connections 7 Chinese Institutions Yanghua Huang 8 Macroeconomic Policies in the People's Republic of China Yang Chen, Ming He, and Simon Rudkin 9 Chinese Infrastructure Ming He and Yang Chen Part IV Future Connections and Sustainability 10 Demography and Inequality in China Charles van Marrewijk 11 Sustainability in China Julia Swart 12 China’s Emerging Global Role Peter J. Morgan Index

About the Editors

Steven Brakman is Professor of International Economics at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Charles van Marrewijk is Professor of Economics at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Peter J. Morgan is Senior Consultant for Research at the Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan.

Nimesh Salike is Associate Professor of Economics at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China.

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