Mao and Markets: The Communist Roots of Chinese Enterprise
DescriptionA thoroughly researched assessment of how China’s economic success continues to be shaped by the communist ideology of Chairman Mao
A Financial Times “Best Book of 2022”
Tied for the 2023 Axiom Gold Medal, sponsored by Axiom Business Book Awards
It was long assumed that as China embraced open markets and private enterprise, its state-controlled economy would fall by the wayside, that free markets would inevitably lead to a more liberal society. Instead, China’s growth over the past four decades has positioned state capitalism as a durable foil to the orthodoxy of free markets, to the confusion of many in the West.
Christopher Marquis and Kunyuan Qiao argue that China’s economic success is based on—not in spite of—the continuing influence of Communist leader Mao Zedong. They illustrate how Mao’s ideological principles, mass campaigns, and socialist institutions have enduringly influenced Chinese entrepreneurs’ business strategies and the management of their ventures. Grounded in case studies and quantitative analyses, this book shows that while private enterprise is the engine of China’s growth, Chinese companies see no contradictions between commercial drive and a dedication to Maoist ideology.
Yale University Press
10 January 2023
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