A UK-based geographer and specialist on China's urbanization reviews changes occuring in China during its market transition through the prism of neoliberalism. More specifically, by reviewing the recent literature on neoliberalism, the author searches for parallels between that approach and the political-economic, historical, and social developments associated with market transition in China (e.g., land and housing commodification, rural to urban migration, changes in access to education and health care). The question of to what extent (and in what ways) China's reforms - featuring an expanding role for the market - can be considered neoliberal is conditioned by the continuing importance and involvement of the state in all spheres of activity.
Wu, FuLong. How neoliberal is China&#8217;s reform? The origins of change during transition. Eurasian Geography and Economics (2010) 51 (5) 619-631. [DOI: 10.2747/1539-722.214.171.1249]