China's Economic Transformation

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Department of Economics

Module overview

This module looks at the economic development of China since 1949, with a primary emphasis on the post-1978 era.  Its purpose is to apply economic theory to analyse the dynamics of China's economic transformation and assess its developmental performance.  Topics covered include: growth and industrialisation, enterprise reform, reforms of the financial system, and the role of the state in economic development.

Students pursuing a degree external to the Department of Economics should contact the convenor for approval to take this module.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 70% / coursework 30% (1 essay 2500 words). All coursework is resubmittable.

Suggested reading

Core Reading List:
  • Bramall, C. (2009). Chinese Economic Development (London: Taylor and Francis)
  • Naughton, B. (2007). The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth (Cambridge and London: MIT Press).
  • Lin, J.Y.F. (2012). Demystifying the Chinese Economy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • Brandt, L. and T.G. Rawski (eds.) (2008) China's Great Economic Transformation, (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press).
  • G.C. Chow and D.H.Perkins (eds.) (2015) routledge Handbook of the Chinese Economy, London, Routledge.
  • Li, Minqi (2016) China and the Twenty-First Century Crisis, London, Pluto
Additional Reading:
  • Hart-Landsberg, M. and P. Burkett (2005) China and Socialism:  Market Reforms and Class Struggle, New York, Monthly Review Press.
  • Kueh, Y.Y. (2008), China's New Industrialization Strategy, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.
  • Arrighi, G. (2007) Adam Smith in Beijing:  Lineage of the Twenty-First Century, (London: Verso).
  • Frank, A.G. (1998) ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age, (Uni. of California Press).
  • Li, Minqi (2008) The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economy, (London: Pluto).
  • Meisner, M. (1996) The Deng Xiaoping Era: An inquiry into the Fate of Chinese Socialism, 1978-1994, (Hill and Wang).
  • Pomeranz, K. (2001) The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy, (Princeton University Press)
  • Riskin, C (1987) China's Political Economy: The Quest for Development Since 1949, (Oxford, OUP).


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