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The Price of China's Economic DevelopmentPower, Capital, and the Poverty of Rights$
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Zhaohui Hong

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813161150

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813161150.001.0001

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A Tale of Two Chinas

A Tale of Two Chinas

Power-Capital China and Rights-Deprived China

(p.1) Introduction A Tale of Two Chinas
The Price of China's Economic Development

Zhaohui Hong

University Press of Kentucky

The book begins with an introduction that provides a systematic and theoretical discussion of power, capital, institutions, and the power-capital institution. Differing from conventional analytical frameworks in China studies, such as those focused on the party-state, the state-society, crony capitalism, the totalitarian or authoritarian state, and bureaucratic capital, this chapter defines the concept of the power-capital institution. Based on theories of social deprivation, poverty of capability, and civil rights, the poverty of rights is defined as the denial to certain individuals and groups of rights to political participation, religious belief, employment, medical care, housing, promotion, socioeconomic mobility, education, resource distribution, and financial assistance. In addition, the chapter discusses the noneconomic price of economic development and addresses how any economic “miracle” may be jeopardized or even terminated by social upheaval, political volatility, and institutional breakdown. Finally, this chapter explains the organization of the book and summarizes the key themes of each chapter.

Keywords:   power, capital, institution, social deprivation, sociocultural price, phony capitalism

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