17.552 / 17.551 Political Economy of Chinese Reform

As taught in: Spring 2003

A photograph of a street in China.  The street is lined with pedestrians.

A Street in China. (Photograph courtesy of WebMuseum.)


Undergraduate / Graduate


Prof. Edward Steinfeld

Course Highlights

A full reading list is available in the readings section. Sample study questions may be found in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course focuses on China's transition from plan to market. What has the trajectory of institutional change in China been, and how has growth been achieved? Is that growth sustainable? Subject examines specific aspects of reform (enterprise, fiscal, financial, social welfare), and the systemic consequences of interaction between various reform measures. Additional topics include the interaction between political and economic change, the transformation of state-society relations, and the generalizability of China's reform experience. Graduate students are expected to explore the subject in greater depth.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.