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China: an East Asian alternative to neoliberalism?

Horesh, Niv; Lim, Kean Fan

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Niv Horesh

Kean Fan Lim


The political-economic evolution of post-Mao China has been portrayed as a historically inevitable embrace of neoliberalism; as an exemplification of the East Asian developmental state and as an extension of Soviet New Economic Policy-style state capitalism. This paper evaluates these portrayals through a broad historical and geographical framework. It examines the position of China as a new state after 1949. It then places the shifting logics of socioeconomic regulation in China in relation to (1) the global neoliberal hegemony since the 1980s and (2) the concomitant shifts in the economic policies of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. In so doing, the paper demonstrates how the Communist Party of China creatively adapted and re-purposed regulatory logics from the Washington Consensus and East Asian policies to consolidate its own version of Leninist state-led development.


Horesh, N., & Lim, K. F. (in press). China: an East Asian alternative to neoliberalism?. Pacific Review, 30(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 6, 2016
Online Publication Date Dec 20, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 1, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2017
Journal Pacific Review
Print ISSN 0951-2748
Electronic ISSN 1470-1332
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 4
Keywords China, East Asia, developmental state, neoliberalism, state-led development, state capitalism
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Pacific Review on 20 December 2016, available online:


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