Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 555–556 | Cite as

Nicholas R. Lardy, ed., The State Strikes Back: The End of Economic Reform in China

(Washington D.C.: Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2019), 164 pp, $23.95
  • Lawrence R. SullivanEmail author
Book Review

Disaggregating and analyzing the economy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the first or second largest in the world depending on how it is measured with a gross domestic product (GDP) at $12.2 trillion (2018), is no easy task. Ruled by a single political party with little regard for data transparency, analyzing economic realities in the PRC is a major challenge that fortunately Nicholas R. Lardy takes up in this most recent volume. Analyzing the fundamental issue of economic reform in China, Lardy suggests the country is undergoing an “end” to the transformation into a modern, increasingly-competitive, market-based economy under the current leadership of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang (2013-present).

Relying on well-informed analyses and a wealth of data gleaned from major studies of the Chinese economy and official, albeit parsimonious, statistics from state agencies, the author addresses the issue of the recent “slowdown” of economic growth from a torrid 9–10% in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Adelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

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