China and the Global Political Economy by S. Breslin

By S. Breslin

China within the international Political economic climate considers the most urgent problems with the Twenty-First century: the connection among family configurations of energy and globalized construction tactics in shaping the method and implications of China's re-engagement with the worldwide economy.

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The second is legitimacy through performance, with performance largely defined in terms of economic success. H. Rigby (1982) referred to communist party states as pursuing ‘goal rational’ legitimacy. To put it very simply, the party set goals, mobilised the entire population to attain those goals, and ensured that the propaganda organs made sure that everybody knew when these goals had been realised (or more typically, exceeded ahead of time). There have been times when the process of economic reform resembles a Maoist 44 China and Global Political Economy campaign of mobilising the people to achieve the goals of market liberalisation.

Nor was he the personal architect of specific reforms in the economic system, and he did not hold the most important formal positions of power for most of the period from 1978 to his death in February 1997. But in terms of dictating the overall direction of China’s political economy and in being a key arbiter of who got promoted and who fell from grace, it is entirely understandable that the first two decades of reform are most associated with Deng Xiaoping. Two key factors should underpin any understanding of post-Mao China.

6 And at times of more direct conflict with the US – for example, the aforementioned embassy bombing and spy plane incident – then the US has become a more direct subject of New Left criticisms. 20 China and Global Political Economy New directions in Chinese IR thinking It would be wrong to say that all Chinese IR utilises blunt realist methodologies. Zhang Yongjin (2000), for example, has correctly identified an increasing interest in the English School as a methodological tool within Chinese IR.

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