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The Political Economy of the Chinese Coal Industry Black Gold and Blood-Stained Coal by Tim Wright
  

The Political Economy of the Chinese Coal Industry Black Gold and Blood-Stained Coal

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The Political Economy of the Chinese Coal Industry Black Gold and Blood-Stained Coal by Tim Wright

Coal mining is one of China's largest industries, and provides an excellent case study through which to consider the broader issues of China's transition from socialism to capitalism, focussing on the shift to a market economy, the rise of rural industry and the situation of China's working class. Coal was one of the pillars of the planned economy but, the author argues, its shift to market-based operations has been protracted and difficult, particularly in moving from the artificially low prices of the planned economy to market prescribed prices - a change that had a major impact on the industry's financial performance. The book goes on to considers the growth of small rural coal mines as part of the Township and Village Enterprises (TVEs) programme; these small mines have brought prosperity to areas where small manufacturing enterprises are not competitive, but at the same time have been the cause of many social and environmental problems. It also examines the situation of coal miners - arguably one the most vulnerable segments of the Chinese working class - under socialism and under capitalism, paying particular attention to the issue of work safety and coal mine disasters. The book provides a comprehensive and coherent treatment of these issues from the establishment of the People's Republic up to 2010.

About the Author

Tim Wright is Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Sheffield, UK. He is author of Coal Mining in China's Economy and Society, 1895-1937.

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Book Info

Publication date

23rd September 2013

Author

Tim Wright

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Publisher

Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
www.routledge.com

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Political economy
Mining industry
Development economics & emerging economies
Development studies

ISBN

9780415728287

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