Russia and China:
Saga of Two Transitions to Market Economy

Rutland P.,

Professor of Government, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT,

For citation:

Rutland P. Russia and China: Saga of Two Transitions to Market Economy . – Polis. Political Studies. 2009. No. 3. P. 162-176. (In Russ.)


Both China and the Soviet Union and China embarked on a process of social transformation in the 1980s. The initial conditions were very different in the two countries (highly industrialized versus subsistence agriculture); and the leadership adopted very different strategies (democracy and economic liberalization versus continued Communist rule and a controlled market transition). Despite starting in different places and heading in different directions, they seem to be converging on a common end-point: an authoritarian, regulated market economy. Why is this so?


Content No. 3, 2009

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