The Private Sector in China

6 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2014 Last revised: 11 Aug 2014

Date Written: July 15, 2014


The paper traces the history of the private sector in China from its rise to prominence in the 19th century to its near death experience under Mao, and its re-emergence in the reform era in which it is forced to co-exist and compete with Party controlled entities in ways that defy conventional definitions and the assumed distinctions between state owned enterprise and the private sector.

Keywords: China, communism, Maoism, reform, privatization, private sector

Suggested Citation

Munshi, Jamal, The Private Sector in China (July 15, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Jamal Munshi (Contact Author)

Sonoma State University ( email )

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
United States

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