This book describes the dramatic economic and spatial transformation in China’s Pearl River Delta region over the past decade. Reforms introduced by the Chinese government since 1978 were the cause of this transformation. The Pearl River Delta has had the highest recorded rate of economic growth in East Asia and has done so through a pattern of development which differed significantly from that found in other regions of fast growth.
George Lin reviews the processes by which this remarkable transformation was achieved and discusses the implications of such change. Red Capitalism in South China looks at theories of regional development and the patterns of spatial and economic restructuring in the Delta, and provides three case studies which focus on the transformation of the peasant economy, transport development, and the influence of Hong Kong.
This book represents the best account yet available of the implications of change in South China. It examines a phenomenon of particular importance not only because the speed, and magnitude of changes taking place in the region are truly fascinating but also because its patterns of growth and development are distinct from those of the Western capitalist world or the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
This book gives a particularly good account of the economic and spatial transformation of the Delta in the reform period ... The book is well written and produced, with arguments often supported by very good maps and graphs ... it is definitely a worthwhile library purchase.
... well-researched and handsomely produced ... Red Capitalism in South China is a must for scholars interested in China and for anyone interested in the economic development strategies that might be employed by rural areas in general.
(In this) clearly written and well-researched book ... Lin has successfully tested Western theories of economic and spatial development in the Pearl River Delta in the post-reform period ... He has made a great contribution to the literature on post-reform China, and this book should be read by all who are interested in China’s recent economic development. Indeed, it would make a good supplementary text for a course on the geography of China. It is hoped that a second edition will appear soon.
Part 1: Overview and Introduction
Part 2: National Context
2. The Operating System of Spatial Transformation
3. Maoist Plan-Ideological Space
4. Post-Mao Market-Regulatory Space
Part 3: Development of the Pearl River Delta
5. Economic and Spatial Transformation
6. Rural Industrialization
7. Transport Development
8. Influence of Hong Kong
Part 4: Conclusion and Discussion
9. Summary and Prospects
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