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11Econ455:Economic Development inChinaLecture 23: April 9Social threatsSandra PoncetLorch Hall, room 207Email:[email protected]Office Hours:Mondays 16:30‐18:30 & Wednesdays 10:30‐122IntroductionMultiplicationofprotestmovements(87,000“publicorderdisturbances”in2005)isatoddswithremarkableeconomicperformance and decision by the CP to build a “socialist harmonioussociety”Growing concern that localized events may evolve into a widespreadsocial crisisSo it is crucial to identify the motives behind the unrest:‐derive from dissatisfaction over the impact of economic reformsand market‐based modernization‐amplified by widespread enterprise and government corruptionand malfeasanceSo the central government is to tackle those 2 dimensions if it is tosecure the sustainability of the reform process
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