, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 3–10

The Political Economy of Development in China: Political agendas and economic realities

  • Shaun Breslin
Thematic Section

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.development.1100402

Cite this article as:
Breslin, S. Development (2007) 50: 3. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100402


China's fourth generation of leaders have re-focused the political agenda away from purely growth considerations to broadly defined developmental issues – primarily driven by concerns about the political implications of growing inequality. However, Shaun Breslin suggests that central leaders may not have the agency to direct economic activity in a way that will allow developmental promises to be achieved.


poverty ‘harmonious development’ inequality welfare reform unemployment state capacity 

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