Reviews of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap have appeared in various outlets:
- Development: World Bank Development Blog, Foreign Affairs, Building State Capability, Governance, From Poverty to Power (Oxfam), LSE Review of Books
- Political Science: Perspectives on Politics
- Economics: Journal of Economic History, Journal of Economic Literature
- China studies: The China Quarterly, Pacific Affairs
- Others: The Straits Times, 澎湃, State Council-CIKD
It has also been blogged/featured by:
- Forbes, US-China Focus, Global Integrity, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Bistandsaktuelt (Norway), Cultivating Leadership (New Zealand), Iterative Adaptation Blog (India)
The first takeaway of the book, that a poor country can harness the institutions they have and get development going is a liberating message.
The second part of the book is equally thought provoking. While adaptive approaches to development have become new buzzwords, Yuen Yuen’s work brings rigor to this conversation.
Book Review @ LSE Review of Books, by Duncan Green (Oxfam) | PDF (English & Chinese)
This book is a triumph, opening a window onto the political economy of China’s astonishing rise that takes as its starting point systems and complexity. Its lessons apply far beyond China’s borders.
Using China as an elephant-sized case study, Ang takes a systems sledgehammer to this kind of linear thinking, and argues that development is a ‘coevolutionary process’. Institutions and markets interact with and change each other in context-specific ways that change over time. The institutions that help to achieve take off are not the same as the ones that preserve and consolidate markets later on.
Yuen-Yuen Ang, a Professor of Political Science at University of Michigan came to speak at Harvard the other day and I was lucky enough to hear her presentation. Her most recent book is How China Escaped the Poverty Trap, which is an original and insightful take on what is perhaps the biggest development puzzle of my lifetime…
Book Review @ Governance, by Michael Woolcock (World Bank & Harvard Kennedy School). | PDF
Future studies of bureaucratic life in China and elsewhere must reckon seriously with Ang’s account; she has set an admirably high bar and capably filled a conspicuous scholarly vacuum. It is encouraging that the development policy community is also taking note.
She formalizes this insight by using a novel analytic method that she terms “coevolutionary narrative,” which has the potential to influence future studies of institutional and economic change beyond China.
Book Review @ Center for International Knowledge on Development (China) | Link
This book not only provides an interpretation of China’s development, but more importantly, extracts generalizable lessons from this experience… The implications of this book’s findings and methodology include: leveraging global talents in social sciences and philosophy; extracting the generalizable value of China’s experiences; incorporating China’s own development practices into our international assistance programs; structural reforms in the “new era.”
Book Review @ Perspectives on Politics, by Eddy Malesky (Duke, Political Science) | PDF
Book Review @ Journal of Economic History, by Bin Wong (UCLA, History) | PDF
Book Review @ Journal of Economic Literature, by Daniel Berkowitz (Pittsburgh, Economics) | PDF
Blogged @ Global Integrity | “5 insights on how China lifted 800 million out of poverty” | Event Recap
Book feature in Chinese: “有指挥的即兴发挥”：一位美国华裔学者眼中的中国改革,” November 2, 2017. 澎湃. | Link
Media mention in Chinese: “推动经济高质量发展均衡发展,” December 25, 2017. 杭州日报 | Link