Ideology and Economic Reform Under Deng Xiaoping, 1978-1993
Author/Location: WEI-WEI ZHANG is a Research Fellow at the Modern Asia Research Centre, Geneva.
Series: Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
Estimated / Publication date: Published 1996
Format: 234 x 156 mm
ISBN: 0 7103 0526 5
Subject Areas: China Studies, Asian Studies, Economics, Politics
This is a probing study of the interactions between ideological trends and
economic reform in the era of Deng Xiaoping. It explores an important but frequently
neglected issue in the contemporary study of china - the transformation from the orthodox
anti-market doctrine into a more elastic and pro-business one, and from Mao's radical,
totalitarian approach to Deng's gradualist, developmental, authoritarian approach.
Based on a well-defined theoretical framework, the author makes a critical survey of
many primary sources including official documents, policy statements, memoirs, and
interviews, while exploring the origin and themes of China's major ideological trends
since 1978 and how they affected the pace, scope and content of economic reform.
The study focuses on the origin and evolution of Deng's doctrine of 'socialism with Chinese
characteristics' and its impact on the reform program. Wei-Wei Zhang's unique perspective
brings out thought-provoking explanations of the nature of Chinese politics under Deng
Xiaoping in general, and the politics of China's 'gradual approach' in reform in particular.
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1. Ideology and China's Modernization in Historical Perspective.
- Why Ideology?
- The Concept of Ideology.
2. The First Cycle: From the Debate on the Criterion of Truth to Socialism with Chinese
- The Soviet Model (1953-7).
- The Maoist Model I: the Great Leap Forward (1957-60).
- The Maoist Model II: the Cultural Revolution (1966-76).
3. The Second Cycle: From New Versions of Marxism to the New Technological
- Major ideological Trends.
- Ideology and Reform Policies.
4. The Third Bourgeois Liberalization.
5. The Fourth Cycle: From the Primary Stage of Socialism to Deng's Talks in
South China (1987-92).
6. The 14th Congress: the Establishment of Deng Xiaoping's Theory (1992-93).
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