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In Search of Civil Society: Market Reform and Social Change in Contemporary China

Gordon White, Jude A. Howell, and Shang Xiaoyuan


Since 1978, China has pursued sweeping economic changes in an officially sponsored transition from a Stalinist centrally planned economy to a socialist market economy. China's reformers have highlighted the need to curb the awesome power of the Leninist state and change the balance of power between state and economy, and state and society. In practice, the economic reforms have set in train a process of potentially fundamental social and institutional change in China that is creating new socioeconomic forces, shifting power in their direction, and raising the possibility of political transform ... More

Keywords: China, economic changes, socio-economic forces, political transformation, civil society, empirical, state–society relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198289562
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289562.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon White, author
University of Sussex

Jude A. Howell, author
University of East Anglia
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Shang Xiaoyuan, author
University of Sussex