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How China Escaped the Poverty Trap

How China Escaped the Poverty Trap tackles a long-standing chicken-and-egg problem of development: Was it strong institutions of good governance that led to economic growth, or growth that enabled good governance? Focusing on China’s great transformation since market opening in 1978, Ang Yuen Yuen argues that the first step of development is paradoxically to harness existing weak, wrong, or seemingly corrupt institutions to kick-start markets. So-called good governance emerges at the end, rather than beginning, of development. The ability of ground-level agents to improvise solutions to evolving problems of development, however, requires certain enabling conditions. Ang identifies the strategies taken by China’s leadership to foster adaptation within its massive party-state—she calls this system “directed improvisation.” China’s model offers lessons not only for other developing countries, but also for high-income countries like Singapore, which today confront complex problems that defy precise state planning and control. 

See reviews of the book at the World BankStraits Times, and Harvard’s Building State Capability Blog

Lobby,
Oei Tiong Ham Building,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772
Thu 25 May 2017
05:15 PM - 06:30 PM

Assoc Prof Ang Yuen Yuen

Assoc Prof Ang Yuen Yuen

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan Faculty Associate, Center for the Study of Complex Systems, Center for Chinese Studies

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 Assoc Prof. Donald Low

Assoc Prof. Donald Low

Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education) & Associate Professor (Practice), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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