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China in the 1980s

Centre-Province Relations in a Reforming Socialist State


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Shaun Gerard Breslin
    Pages 1-11
  3. Shaun Gerard Breslin
    Pages 12-38
  4. Shaun Gerard Breslin
    Pages 39-54
  5. Shaun Gerard Breslin
    Pages 55-81
  6. Shaun Gerard Breslin
    Pages 82-98
  7. Shaun Gerard Breslin
    Pages 99-119
  8. Shaun Gerard Breslin
    Pages 120-141
  9. Shaun Gerard Breslin
    Pages 142-156
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 157-180

About this book


This book analyses the changing nature of centre-province relations in China in a period of rapid economic change. It aims to show how leadership conflicts over the nature and scope of economic change gave rise to an incremental and reactive reform process. The resulting partially reformed economic system not only gave many provincial leaders the ability to ignore central economic commands, but the perceived consequences of reform also increased the desire of some local leaders to assert their independence.


China conflict conflicts development nature Policy reform socialism state

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Newcastle East Asia CentreUniversity of Newcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Shaun Breslin is Professor of Politics and International Studies and Director of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick, UK. He is also Senior Scientist with GR:EEN and Associate Fellow at the Chatham House China Programme.

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