Exploring the Chinese Social Model

Weidong Liu, Michael Dunford, Zhigao Liu, Zhenshan Yang

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240 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  28 April 2022

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Not everyone in China has benefited from the country's rapid increase in prosperity. People and places have been left behind. Indeed, the official intention behind China's shift to a market-oriented development path, in the words of Deng Xiaoping, was to "let some areas and some people become rich first, and drive others to become rich later". Unequal development and inequity has resulted.

This carefully researched volume examines how the Chinese government has dealt with unequal development with its governance tools and how and why Chinese society has accepted such high levels of inequality. What is the Chinese social model that seemingly goes against the socialist aims of the state? In exploring these questions, the authors consider what is special about China and what the Chinese model is all about, showing how it goes beyond ideas about capitalism and socialism.


Author Information

Weidong Liu is Professor in Economic Geography in the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. He is co-editor of The Geographical Transformation of China with Michael Dunford (2015).


Michael Dunford is Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Sussex and a visiting professor at the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a former Editor of Regional Studies and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.


Zhigao Liu is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD from Frankfurt University in 2009.


Zhenshan Yang is a Professor in the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.


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