The Maoist Legacy and the Literature

Chris Bramall

in Sources of Chinese Economic Growth, 1978-1996

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198296973
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596018 | DOI:

Series: Studies on Contemporary China

The Maoist Legacy and the Literature

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The orthodoxy has long dismissed the notion that Maoist economic development helped lay the foundations for subsequent economic growth in China. However, as this chapter notes in introducing the proximate sources of growth discussed in this and the next six chapters, there is a body of research that points to the positive legacies of the Maoist era in terms of education, transport, and irrigation. Most of this literature takes the view that the Chinese economy in the late Maoist era had enormous potential but was under‐performing because of structural weaknesses and incentive failures. The new policies of the transition era had the effect of unlocking this potential.

Keywords: legacies; literature; Maoist; potential; proximate

Chapter.  4289 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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