Origins of the Growth‐Promoting State

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

Origins of the Growth‐Promoting State

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Heterodox interpretations of Chinese economic growth are undoubtedly correct in pinpointing the critical and successful role played by the state in the growth of the transition era. However, heterodox accounts of the role of the developmental state across East Asia do not go far enough. We also need a coherent theory of the origins of the growth‐promoting state in China. This chapter offers such a theory, arguing that the absence of large inequalities in income and wealth at the close of the Maoist era, and the weakness of the Party bureaucracy as a result of the Cultural Revolution, insulated the Dengist state against rent‐seeking coalitions and allowed it to be developmental. However, as inequality has risen during the 1980s and 1990s, so the ability of the Chinese state to intervene effectively has waned.

Keywords: Heterodox; inequality; rent‐seeking; state; theory

Chapter.  24017 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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