chapter  1
INTRODUCTION
ByAndrew Watson
Pages 16

Theaimofthisbookistoexploretherelationshipbetweeneconomicgrowthandsocialchange,asexperiencedintheprocessof reforminChinasince1978.DuringthistimeChinahasexperienced thelongestphaseofsustainedeconomicgrowthsincethefounding ofthePeople'sRepublic.Therealrateofgrowthbetween1977and 1986was9.2percentperyearandintheyears1986to1988slightly higherat9.6percent. 1Atthesametime,manyofthesocialand institutionalstructuresestablishedintheprecedingyearshavebeen modifiedorreplaced,andtherehasbeenanexplosionofdebate, experimentationandinnovation.Theentireprocesshasbeen characterizedbyadhocadjustments,pragmaticexperiments,and livelyanalyticaldiscussion.