The Failure of the Maoist Developmental State and the Rise of the Economic Reformers

  • Gordon White


The chasm between Maoism and the market is wide indeed, yet within a few years of Mao’s death, the CCP leadership was trying to leap across it. How can we explain this astounding historical volte face? Let us organise our inquiry in terms of three sets of questions.


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    Hua Guofeng, ‘Speech at the Second National Conference on learning from Dazhai (Tachai) in agriculture’, Peking Review no. 1, 1 January 1977, p. 41.Google Scholar
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    Yu Youhai, ‘US$1000 by the year 2000’, Peking Review, 43, 27 October 1980, pp. 16–18.Google Scholar
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    For an authoritative exposition of such arguments, see Xue Muqiao, ‘A study in the planned management of the socialist economy’, Peking Review, 43, 26 October 1979.Google Scholar
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    Liu Guoguang et al. ‘The relationship between planning and market as seen by China in her socialist economy’, Atlantic Economic Journal no. 31, 1979, p. 15.Google Scholar

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© Douglas Gordon White 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon White
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  1. 1.Institute of Development StudiesUniversity of SussexUK

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