Remaking the Chinese Leviathan: Market Transition and the Politics
of Governance in China. By Dali L. Yang. Stanford: Stanford
University Press, 2004. 432p. $60.00.
Dali L. Yang argues a thesis many would like to find true. In China,
he argues, markets have created pressure for limited, effective, and
transparent government. Crises in the 1990s and since led Chinese leaders
to implement reforms with these goals. They have achieved considerable if
not complete success, and this leaves China better prepared for democracy.
This thesis is most clearly stated in the conclusion. The first chapter
offers an introduction and historical overview. Each of the intervening
seven chapters documents and assesses a particular type of reform.