Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Lynn T. White III on his newly published book Rural Roots of Reform before China's Conservative Change. Professor White explains:
The argument is that China’s “rise” began in local polities in the early 1970s (long before 1978) after new agronomy and the Cultural Revolution allowed rural leaders to control more resources. This localization of power created input shortages for state institutions and led to inflation and an end of planning for most commodities in the 1980s. After 1990, the Party recentralized – and now, Zhongguo is more Zhong than ever before.
For a limited time, the full text of Rural Roots of Reform before China's Conservative Change can be viewed through the publisher. Click here to access.