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Discovering the Neoliberal Soul in China

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Abstract

Quan identifies the central research thesis of the book and its significance: the empirical investigation of Chinese neoliberal ideology and the theoretical refinement of a Weberian perspective. He first introduces the interpretive approach used by Max Weber and his followers in exploring complex systems of capitalist ideologies as this is the approach that provides the theoretical foundation and research methodology for the current study. To reveal the character of the Chinese version of neoliberalism, in particular, Quan suggests an ideal-type construction as the analytical instrument to articulate a multi-layered conceptual structure of governance. The discussion then moves to the possible ways of examining the intellectual establishment of governance. Based on a comprehensive literature review, Quan distinguishes three analytical approaches to the idea of governance and compares their relative strengths and weaknesses. The advantage of the state-centered perspective is that it draws attention to the political regime as the center of inquiry; thus, it is recommended for this study.

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  • Quan Li
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  1. 1.Sun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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