Development and Choice

  • Tony Saich


The chapters in this volume question many of the glib assertions made about the development trajectories of China and India. They reject the commonly expressed view of strong Chinese success and relative Indian failure and propose a more complex view of the relative success of both polities while showing that they have grappled with similar problems with more mixed results than much previous literature has suggested. Of itself this is no mean achievement and the questions raised in the various chapters should stimulate further research. One suspects that the old clichés will not slip away quickly but let us hope that we will see more nuanced research in the future. Such research is significant given that we are talking about the world’s two most populous countries and lessons about what has worked and what has failed may provide important learning experiences for other lesser-developed countries striving to get out of poverty through shifting to more sustainable economic growth.


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