Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1995
Book — 352 p.
Preface Ch. 2From the Whatever to the Dialectical Materialist Approach Ch. 3Competing Models of the Socialist Economy Ch. 4The Reassessment of the Socialist Economic System Ch. 5The Noncompeting Nature of the Socialist Political System Ch. 6The Reassessment of the Socialist Political System Ch. 7The Reconceptualization of Socialism Ch. 8The Response to the "Liberal" Reassessment of Socialism Ch. 9The Chinese and Soviet Reassessments of Socialism: A Comparison Ch. 10The Post-Mao Reassessment of Socialism and the Chinese Socialist Experience Notes References Index.
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Since the late 1970s, a debate has been unfolding in China concerning the merits of socialism as a philosophy of social justice and as a programme for national development. Just as Deng Xiaoping's better advertised experiment with market-based reforms has challenged Marxist-Leninist dogma on economic policy, the years since the death of Mao Zedong have seen a profound re-examination of a more basic question: to what extent are the root problems of the system due to Chinese socialism and Marxism generally? This book presents a systematic study of post-Mao reappraisal of China's socialist theory and practice. Rejecting an assumption often made in the West, that Chinese socialist thought has little bearing on politics and policymaking, this book takes the argument of the post-Mao era seriously on their own terms. It identifies the major factors in the debate, reveals the interplay among official and unofficial forces, and charts the development of the debate from an initially parochial concern with problems raised by Chinese practice to a grand critique of the theory of socialism itself. The book concludes with a comparison of the reassessments undertaken by Deng Xiaoping with those o. (source: Nielsen Book Data)