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Towards a digital economy with Chinese characteristics?

Dai, Xiudian


Xiudian Dai


There are two opposing views when considering economic development strategies in the digital age: some insist that the 'new economy' applies mainly to the industrialized countries and are doubtful that new information and communications technologies (ICTs) will allow developing countries to leapfrog to higher levels of development; others argue that 'jump-starting' development may not be as difficult as the pessimists think. Through a case study on Chinas 'twin-track strategy' for economic development, which involves merging industrialization and informatization, this article aims to investigate whether developing countries are able to play a significant role in shaping the digital revolution and the global 'new economy'. The evidence presented in this article suggests that China's status as a poor and developing country has not prevented its government from making effective preparations to embrace the opportunities and challenges associated with new ICTs in ways that are compatible with indigenous socioeconomic factors.


Dai, X. (2002). Towards a digital economy with Chinese characteristics?. New Media and Society, 4(2), 141-162.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 30, 2002
Online Publication Date Jun 30, 2016
Publication Date Jun 1, 2002
Print ISSN 1461-4448
Electronic ISSN 1461-7315
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 2
Pages 141-162
Keywords Sociology and Political Science; Communication
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