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Economic System
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1. Guiding Principles of Regulatory Thinking

Questions about the political regulation of the economy have played a significant role in the Chinese state administration since its earliest times, as is shown by the example of the Han-era discourse on state monopolies (Yan tie lun). Since the 19th century the imperative of catching up with industrializatio…

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Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten, “Economic System”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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