Inside the dragon's briefcase: China's emergent economy

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2008
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Heffner, Lanette
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There is little doubt that China has undergone a remarkable transformation into a market economy. Yet 100 years ago, Political Sociologist, Max Weber, concluded that China's philosophical traditions, especially Confucianism, hindered the rise of market economic development. Weber argued that a market economy was not possible without a protestant ethic. This study re-examines Weber's thesis in light of modern China and concludes that economic reforms under Deng Xiaoping paved the way for a market economic transition despite the lack of a protestant ethic.

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China, Guanxi, Market Economy, Max Weber
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Political Science and Geography