Implementing tax reform and rural reconstruction in China

A case study of the CCP’s agrarian policy

Authored by: Chiew-Siang Bryan Ho

Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138684430
eBook ISBN: 9781315543918
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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s inability to conceive and implement a comprehensive rational policy for economic development and modernization in the Maoist era was clearly demonstrated in the failure of many revolutionary campaigns such as “building a socialist countryside” (collectivization) and the Great Leap Forward. These campaigns and policies were executed with a “one-knife cut” (yi dao qie), often without taking into consideration local conditions and needs.

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