chapter  4
WEALTH BUT NOT SECURI'IY: ATTITUDES TOWARDS PRIVATE BUSINESS IN THE 1980s
BySusan Young
Pages 25

Thedramaticgrowthoftheprivatesectorfrom1978to1988was accommodatedbyachangeinpolicyfromanattitudeoftoleration andrestrictiontooneofalmostno-holds-barredencouragement. 1 Theprivatesectoritselfalsochanged,becomingmorediversifiedas itbecamemoreestablishedwithintheChineseeconomy.Continued reformsmadebureaucratsandstateenterprisesmorewillingto co-operatewithprivateentrepreneursinsearchofeconomicgains. Afterthepoliticalturmoilof1989,tobesure,China'sleadership becamemoredeterminedtokeepprivatebusinesswithinstricter limits,andthiswasreflectedinthebehaviourofadministratorsat lowerlevels.Butthecentralgovernmenthasneverthelesscontinued tostatethattheprivatesectorshouldstillbeallowedtodevelop.