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Paperback | $35.00 Short | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780262640640 | 544 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 53 illus.| October 2006

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The Chinese Economy

Transitions and Growth

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About the Author

Barry Naughton, an economist, is Professor and Sokwanlok Chair at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Growing Out of the Plan: Chinese Economic Reform, 1978–1993 and The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth (MIT Press).


“Authored by a leading specialist on the Chinese economy, Barry Naughton’s book provides a lucid, systematic, and insightful view of China’s road to becoming a ‘powerhouse of the global economy’ as well as of the challenges ahead in sustaining past accomplishments. Designed primarily as a textbook, its comprehensive coverage and sophisticated analysis assure that it will become a valuable and much-used resource for anyone seeking an understanding of China’s economy.”
Steven M. Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Smith College
“In this masterful overview and analysis of the Chinese economy, Barry Naughton achieves such depth and breadth that it is impossible to identify only one major contribution. In effortless prose he describes the status of every major parameter of the sprawling economy and offers a treasure trove of empirical data drawn from the most current primary sources. In addition, Naughton systematically explores how the experiences of both the imperial and socialist pasts shape contemporary conditions and raises provocative questions about China's ability to sustain growth rates that already equal or surpass those of postwar Japan. Prepared as a textbook, The Chinese Economy has the intellectual weight and staying power of a major monograph.”
Deborah Davis, Professor of Sociology, Yale University
“Barry Naughton is one of the top experts on China's economy, and there's no one who could have done a better job in writing a book like this. I have nothing but praise for the book, which fills a pressing need for a comprehensive textbook introducing students to the recent history, nature, and likely immediate prospects for China's economy.”
Louis Putterman, Professor of Economics, Brown University