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How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate

Routledge Press

Book, May 2021 | Isabella Weber

China has become deeply integrated into the world economy, but the country’s swift ascent in recent decades was never a forgone conclusion. Reformers after Mao’s death in 1976 agreed to move China towards marketization, but they struggled over the right approach. PERI researcher Isabella Weber’s new book How China Escaped Shock Therapy uncovers the fierce reform debate that shaped China’s path, offering a novel perspective on the origins of China’s distinctive economic model. Weber provides an unprecedented look at the economic policies that supported the country’s rise without leading to wholesale assimilation to global neoliberalism.
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Left Perspectives on the World and China

Webinar, June 2020 | Isabella Weber

Viral Politics: Left Perspectives on the World and China PERI's Isabella Weber participates in a webinar that examines U.S.-China tensions following the outbreak of COVID-19. The discussion was hosted by Critical China Scholars and co-sponsored by PERI's Asian Political Economy program, among others. >> Watch webinar
Commentary
Global Division of Labor Across Two Eras of Globalization: A Long-Term View on the COVID-19 Crisis PERI's Isabella Weber participates in a workshop titled, "International Trade in a Post-COVID-19 World" presented by Rebuilding Macroeconomics >> Watch workshop
Commentary

China Is not the Enemy - Neoliberalism Is

Jacobin

Commentary, June 2020 | Isabella Weber, Hao Qi, Zhongjin Li

>> Read article in Jacobin PERI's Isabella Weber, Zhongjin Li and Hao Qi propose that the enemy in this pandemic is not China but, instead, inequality and the logic of profit over people.
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