Setting the Stage
This chapter states that the book is about the economic relationships between rural and urban China. The book is said to have derived its motivation from the fact that urban-dwellers have a considerable advantage over rural-dwellers, and seeks to examine how these two sectors compare in various dimensions of economic welfare. It also explores the economic policies and sectoral interactions which bring about the urban advantage. The chapter discusses the treatment of rural–urban relationships in economic development, which will help in the assessment of how far the Chinese experience represents a special change. It furthermore examines the sources of rural–urban division, which are, namely, the institutional, administrative, and political arrangements. The chapter also gives some basic statistics, and explains the scope and method of analysis used and the plan of the study.
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