Capitalist globalisation since the 1980s has produced immense benefits in terms of technical progress, poverty reduction and welfare improvement. However, it has been accompanied by profound contradictions, including ecological destruction, global warming, inequality, concentration of business power, and financial instability. Regulation of global political economy in the interests of the majority of the world's population is essential if the human species is to avoid a Darwinian catastrophe. This book explores China's rich history of regulating the market in the interests of the mass of the population. For over 2000 years the Chinese bureaucracy has sought pragmatically to find a Way in which to integrate the `invisible hand' of market forces with the `visible hand' of ethically-guided government regulation. Instead of seeking confrontation with China, citizens and politicians in the West need to deepen their understanding of the contribution that China can make to globally sustainable development in the decades and centuries ahead.
Table of contents:
List of Tables Preface Introduction Part 1. China and the West over the long-term Chapter 1 Convergence and divergence in the long-run development of China and the West Chapter 2 How China sees the West Part 2. The two-edged sword of capitalist globalization Chapter 3 The rationality of capitalism Chapter 4 The irrationality of capitalism Part 3. The Communist Party of China, parliamentary democracy and the Ancien Regime Chapter 5 The Communist Party of China and parliamentary democracy Chapter 6 The Communist Party of China and the Ancien Regime References
Peter Nolan is Director of the China Centre, Jesus College; Founding Director, Centre of Development Studies; Chong Hua Professor in Chinese Development (Emeritus); Director of the China Executive Leadership Programme; and a Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. In 2009 he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services supporting China's integration into the global economy .