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Barry Naughton's Book, Growing Out of the Plan: Chinese Economic Reform, 1978-1993, Referenced

Authoritarian Chic

Ying Ma, The Weekly Standard

"We have no plan" and "we are unable to act" have become common refrains among influential Americans who grumble about the decline of U.S. power in the 21st century. On both fronts, they lament, China is doing better. From President Barack Obama to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to trade union leader Andy Stern, prominent figures who favor a bigger government in America not only envy China's state-directed grand plans and its one-party system's ability to make quick decisions, they also accuse small-government adherents of blindly worshipping the free market, contributing to political polarization, and rejecting the reforms necessary to meet the grave challenges that America faces.

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Barry Naughton is Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs. He is the professor of Chinese Economy at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. His work focuses on issues relating to industry, trade, finance, and China's transition to a market economy. Recent research emphasizes on regional economic growth in the People's Republic of China and the relationship between foreign trade, investment and regional growth.