The Resource From reform to revolution : the demise of communism in China and the Soviet Union, Minxin Pei, (electronic book)

From reform to revolution : the demise of communism in China and the Soviet Union, Minxin Pei, (electronic book)

Label
From reform to revolution : the demise of communism in China and the Soviet Union
Title
From reform to revolution
Title remainder
the demise of communism in China and the Soviet Union
Statement of responsibility
Minxin Pei
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The demise of communism in the former Soviet Union and the massive political and economic changes in China are the stunning transformations of our century. Two central questions are emerging: Why did different communist systems experience different patterns of transition? Why did partial reforms in the Soviet Union and China turn into revolutions? This unique analytical and empirical study shows that patterns of regime transition in communist states depend on the countries' preexisting social structures and political and economic institutions. Minxin Pei identifies the rapid mobilization of previously excluded social groups during the reform phase as the most powerful explanation for the revolutionary outcome of initially limited political and economic reforms in the Soviet Union and China. Pei uses comparative data to analyze the different routes of transition to democracy and a market economy in the Soviet Union, China, and, to a lesser extent, other former communist states in Eastern Europe and Asia. The theory is empirically tested in four case studies of changes in China and the Soviet Union - two on the development of the private sector in each country and two on the liberalization of the mass media. The author concludes with provocative statements about regime transition from communism. He rejects the idealistic notion that democratization can, by itself, remove the structural obstacles to economic transformation, and he sees high economic and political costs as unavoidable in transition from communism along either the Soviet or the Chinese path. In comparing Soviet and Chinese transition costs, however, he implicitly endorses the evolutionary changes taking place in China and expresses strong doubt about the revolutionary changes that have occurred in the former Soviet Union
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
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Pei, Minxin
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HX418.5
LC item number
.P43 1994eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
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  • Communism
  • Communism
  • Mass media
  • Mass media
  • China
  • Soviet Union
Label
From reform to revolution : the demise of communism in China and the Soviet Union, Minxin Pei, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-243) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10314208
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
253 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
From reform to revolution : the demise of communism in China and the Soviet Union, Minxin Pei, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-243) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10314208
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
253 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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