Mao's Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China (Harvard Contemporary China Series)

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Observers have been predicting the demise of China’s Communist state since Mao’s death. Yet policymakers have managed the fastest sustained economic expansion in world history. This book shows that many contemporary techniques of governance have their roots in experimental policy generation and implementation dating to the revolution and early PRC.

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Sebastian Heilmann is Professor of Comparative Government and the Political Economy of China at the University of Trier.

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One of the most sophisticated works of this sort. (Jeffrey Wasserstrom Miller-McCune.com 2011-06-30)

This is one of the most insightful and thought-provoking books published in recent years on the critical questions about China's developmental path and the role of history. (Chen Xi The China Beat 2011-09-27)

Mao's Invisible Hand is one of those books that make one feel good about scholarship. It describes inner workings of Chinese Communist society about which few nonexperts know anything--it may even surprise the experts--and it will interest anyone professionally interested in China. Its central purpose is to explain how China has escaped the disintegration of other Communist states. (Jonathan Mirsky New York Review of Books 2012-06-21)

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