This book is part of a series which makes available to English-speaking audiences the work of the individual Chinese economists who were the architects of China’s economic reform. The series provides an inside view of China’s economic reform, revealing the thinking of the reformers themselves, unlike many other books on China’s economic reform which are written by outside observers.
Ma Hong (1920-2007) was one of the leading advocates for China’s market-oriented reforms, one of the earliest scholars to adopt the concept of "a socialist market economy". Politically active from the 1930s, when he campaigned against the Japanese occupation, he held many important posts, notably President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in the 1980s. He was particularly influential in the field of industrial economics, putting to use his own experiences of managing industrial enterprises, and a strong advocate of the need for China’s economic development to be stable.
The book is published in association with China Development Research Foundation, one of the leading economic and social think tanks in China, where many of the theoretical foundations and policy details of economic reform were formulated.
Foreword by Wang Mengkui 1. ‘China-style’ socialist modernization, and issues of economic restructuring (August 1979 & 1980) 2. Several issues relating to modernizing the national economy (March 14, 1980) 3. Meeting the real needs of people is the noble task of socialist construction (1981) 4. Several issues to do with reform of the economic management system (1981) 5. Transforming the technology of our existing enterprises is a strategic part of growing our economy (1982) 6. Several issues to do with developing Special Economic Zones and opening up coastal cities (1984) 7. A commodity economy as it can exist under a socialist system (November 1984) 8. Research and then formulate a new strategy for our country’s socialist economic development (1985) 9. The ‘new technologies revolution’ and measures we can take in response to it (1985) 10. On the importance and function of core cities (1986) 11. Moving toward a market economy represents a profound economic and social change (1987)