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Transition from Communism in China: Institutional and Comparative Analyses

Edwin A. Winckler, editor
ISBN: 978-1-55587-808-5
1999/352 pages/LC: 98-34315

"Winckler [provides] a dazzling introduction, a masterly and comprehensive essay on transformations in six Asian Leninist regimes, and a searching and incisive analytical conclusion, exploring the ability to illuminate Leninist transitions from a set of theoretical approaches current in the political science literature.... this is a provocative, informative, scholarly and astute collection."—Dorothy J. Solinger, Pacific Affairs

"A noteworthy advance in comparative analyses of the transition from communism.... Highly recommended for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty."—Choice


This volume deepens analysis of China’s transition from communism and places the Chinese case in comparative and theoretical perspective. Six chapters probe the transition process in the three main sectors of the Chinese party-state—military and police, taxation and investment, and social and cultural policies. Introductory and concluding sections address post-Leninist transitions more generally and compare China’s experiences to those of Taiwan, Mongolia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

The authors stress differences between communist countries, between institutional sectors, and between different kinds of institutional analysis. Their analytical approaches range from classic organization theory (particularly of power and compliance) to recent institutional analysis (particularly of delegation and agency).


Edwin A. Winckler is a research associate of the East Asian Institute, Columbia University. His publications include Contending Approaches to the Political Economy of Taiwan (coedited with Susan Greenhalgh), and Elections in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan Using the Single Non-Transferable Vote (coedited with Bernard Grofman and others).


  • Describing Leninist Transitions—E.A. Winckler.
  • Leninist Adaptability in China and Taiwan—B. Dickson.
  • Military Dimensions of Regime Transition—E.A. Winckler.
  • Ideological Alternatives in Police Reform—M.S. Tanner.
  • A Principal-Agent Analysis of Fiscal Decentralization—J. Tong.
  • Economic Crisis and Market Transition in the 1990s—D. Yang.
  • Re-enforcing Compliance in State Birth Planning—E.A. Winckler.
  • Reconstituting the Arts and Sciences—R. Kraus and R. Suttmeier.
  • Comparing Asian Transitions from Communism—E.A. Winckler.
  • Explaining Leninist Transitions—E.A. Winckler.