Deng's Opening and Reform: Experiments in Southeast China
Thu January 8th 2009, 4:15pm
The Stanford China Program, Shorenstein, APARC and the Center for East Asian Studies
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor
Free and open to the public
Speaker: Compared to other Communist parties that were falling apart in the 1980s, the China Communist Party's success since 1978 is extraordinary. Deng did not start opening and reform, but he made it work. How? What kind of person was he? How was he prepared for his job? One important strategy was setting goals but not drawing bluebrints. He tried experiments, learnt from them, and then let new institutions develop organically. His key experiments were in Guangdong and Fujian. What were the politics and the economics of these experiments and what did they learn?
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