This book examines the case for and against collective farms in developing countries. Basing his account on a careful analysis of China's rural economy from the 1950s to the 1980s, the author argues that collective farms have serious shortcomings and that they are not the most suitable institutional form for rural economic development in poor count
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Bukharinism and Stalinism: Contrasting Paths in the Political Economy of Development -- Theoretical Arguments concerning Collective Farms -- The Chinese Rural Economy under Mao -- The Post-1978 Reforms -- Performance of the Rural Sector since 1978 -- Problems -- Conclusion -- Statistical Appendix
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'.