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China's Industrial Revolution: 1949 to the Present
China's Industrial Revolution: 1949 to the Present
By Stephen Andors
Pantheon, 1977, 344 pp
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A substantial and original account of industrial organization in China which is, however, seriously flawed by the author's ideological biases. Most questionable are his views that China has discovered a new path to modernization without relying on a technocratic or bureaucratic elite and that China is the harbinger of a "new global socialist civilization." In fact, since the end of the Cultural Revolution, as Andors himself makes clear, there has been "far greater stress . . . on the importance of control, discipline and leadership, and much less emphasis on worker innovation and spontaneity. It is also clear that the technical personnel who had been so thoroughly criticized during the Cultural Revolution were once again wielding significant authority in many factories, and that great importance was placed on statistics, on efficient and productive quotas and norms. . . . and on technical controls in general."