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Allies of the State: China's Private Entrepreneurs and Democratic Change Hardcover – July 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0674048966 ISBN-10: 0674048962

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674048962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674048966
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,009,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allies of the State is a finely-tuned laser of a book. With a rigorous yet elegant research design deployed with great dexterity, the argument unfolds in tantalizing layers, as Chen and Dickson get us closer than ever to understanding the political attitudes and behavior of China's private entrepreneurs. (Scott Kennedy, author of The Business of Lobbying in China)

About the Author

Jie Chen is William Borah Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Idaho.

Bruce Dickson is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on August 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Allies of the State" summarizes the researchers efforts to understand the potential for political change in China. On the one hand, this is about the most useless and arrogant academic research book I've seen in quite a while. Anyone with some knowledge of China knows that the CCP is dead set against opposing parties and democracy, and would surmise that successful businessmen would not be interested in change - given its 30+ years of 9.5%/year GDP growth, key role in appointing/removing large SOE managers, having recently welcomed entrepreneurs into the CCP, and the ability of the government to make life very difficult for anyone in opposition. Personally, I'm surprised that the two researchers weren't jailed, or at least expelled, for their controversial and threatening inquiry.

On the other hand, "Allies of the State" is well written, and contains a clear overview of some of the economic policy changes made as China moved from Mao to 'Socialism with Chinese characteristics' and became the economic wonder of the 21st Century. From the early 1990s, the number of private enterprises in China increased by 35%/year, and now total over 5 million. By 2007 the private sector contributed 66% of GDP and 71% of tax revenues. Between 2002-06, the private sector created 44 million new jobs, while employment among SOEs fell 11 million. Private property is now protected by law, and the CCP began recruiting entrepreneurs in 2001. After the 1989 Tienanmen Square tragedy, planners and ideologues blamed economic reforms for creating instability. Deng's 1992 southern China tour was required to restart the reforms.

In the original reform phase, 1978-89, the size of private firms was limited to 7 persons, excluding the owner and his family.
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