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Why growth equals power - and why it shouldn't : constructing visions of China

By Shaun Breslin

Abstract

When discussing the success of China's transition from socialism, there is a tendency to focus on growth figures as an indication of performance. Whilst these figures are\ud indeed impressive, we should not confuse growth with development and assume that the former necessarily automatically generates the latter. Much has been done to\ud reduce poverty in China, but the task is not as complete as some observers would suggest; particularly in terms of access to health, education and welfare, and also in\ud dealing with relative (rather than absolute) depravation and poverty. Visions of China have been constructed that exaggerate Chinese development and power in the global\ud system partly to serve political interests, but partly due to the failure to consider the relationship between growth and development, partly due to the failure to disaggregate\ud who gets what in China, and partly due to the persistence of inter-national conceptions of globalised production, trade, and financial flows

Topics: HC
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:284

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