The Dynamic Evolution of China’s Special Economic Zones and Their Practice

  • Yuan Yiming
Part of the Research Series on the Chinese Dream and China’s Development Path book series (RSCDCDP)


The establishment of special economic zones is a crucial strategic choice for China’s development, and developing special economic zones first in order to stimulate the economic take-off of the whole country is China’s way towards modernization, which is exerting a profound and far-reaching impact all around the world. In practice, China’s special economic zones have dynamically evolved in terms of time dimension, in 35 years, by shifting a focus from institutional experiment to regional development to developmental issues, and changing the desired function from “overall” to “strategically regional” to “specifically local”, with its essential connotation characterized by institutional experiment—comprehensive practice—path exploration; however, in general, the historical procedure of China’s special economic zones centers on a target system, a developmental path and an institutional change mode for finding answers.


Special economic zones Dynamic evolution Choice of path 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan Yiming
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  1. 1.China Center for Special Economic Zone ResearchShenzhen UniversityShenzhenChina

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