Managed Chaos reads into the resounding events of Chinese politics and economy, ending the schizophrenia that the readers have lived with. It delves deep into both elements: the economic narrative that China has sustained a near 10 percent growth rate for 30 years and the political narrative that China is an increasingly fragile state, trapped in an incomplete transition from a totalitarian to a democratic market economy. For the first time, in his reading of China, the author consolidates this paradox by inferring that the cause behind both the growth and the political discontent is the politics of China.

The Emergence of the Predatory State

The emergence of the predatory state

Had recession been the only reason for the Chinese workers' and peasants' disenchantment with the reforms, it would not have crystallized into the rising tide of discontent that has so alarmed the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. But the increased stress that it has put upon these classes and some other identifiable groups like demobilized soldiers, and segments of the intelligentsia (including professors, researchers and journalists), has been turned into active discontent by the simultaneous rise of corruption on a scale many times greater than Chinese leaders had feared when the reforms began.

China took its first steps towards the market in 1978. Yet by the early 1990s, it had already acquired the reputation ...

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