Political Economy of Chinese Reform

A photograph of a street in China.  The street is lined with pedestrians.

A Street in China. (Photograph courtesy of WebMuseum.)


MIT Course Number

17.552 / 17.551

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Spring 2003


Undergraduate / Graduate

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A full reading list is available in the readings section. Sample study questions may be found in the assignments section.

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This course focuses on China's transition from plan to market. What has the trajectory of institutional change in China been, and how has growth been achieved? Is that growth sustainable? Subject examines specific aspects of reform (enterprise, fiscal, financial, social welfare), and the systemic consequences of interaction between various reform measures. Additional topics include the interaction between political and economic change, the transformation of state-society relations, and the generalizability of China's reform experience. Graduate students are expected to explore the subject in greater depth.

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Edward Steinfeld. 17.552 Political Economy of Chinese Reform. Spring 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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