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State-Society Relations in Post-Mao Chinese Economic Reforms: Changes and Challenges

Author: KUOTSAI TOM LIOU
Published in IJED, Vol. 2 No. 1

This study examines the impact of China’s post-Mao economic reforms on its state-society relation. The study first provides an overview of China’s state-society relations before the post-Mao reforms. It then offers some detailed analyses regarding changes in state-society relations that stem from the economic reforms. Specifically, the analyses focus on changes in five major areas: (1) changes in rural areas, (2) changes in urban areas, (3) changes in social mobility, (4) changes in individual and social ideology, and (5) changes in social control and stability. After studying these changes, the study concludes with summaries and discussions about critical issues that may challenge China’s future development.

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