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Chinese Firms, Global Firms

Industrial Policy in the Age of Globalization, 1st Edition

By Peter Nolan


176 pages

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China has achieved remarkable, sustained economic growth under the policies of ‘reform and opening up’ put into place since the late 1970s. China’s industrial policies have nurtured a large group of firms with high profits and a high market capitalisation. However, few people in the West can name a single Chinese firm. During the modern era of capitalist globalisation firms from the high income countries have spread their business systems across the world. This has presented a profound challenge for industrial policy in developing countries, including even China, the world’s second largest economy. China is unique among large latecomer developing countries in having reached the position of being a huge, fast-growing economy, with a tremendous impact on the rest of the world, but lacking a substantial group of globally competitive firms. This volume explores this paradox. Fully understanding the industrial policy challenge that the era of capitalist globalisation has produced for China is essential for harmonious international relations.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. China and the WTO: the Challenge for China’s Large-scale Industry 2. Technical Change and Firm Level Catch-Up in Developing Countries: the Case of Telecommunications (with Jin Zhang) 3. Globalization and Industrial Concentration: the Challenge for Firms from Developing Countries (with Jin Zhang) 4. Globalization and China’s Large Firms (with Jin Zhang) 5. New Technology Development and Green Growth 6. Who Are We? Who Are They? US-China Business Relations in the Age of Globalization 7. Globalization and Industrial Policy in China

About the Author

Peter Nolan holds the Chong Hua Chair in Chinese Development and is Director of the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK. He has spoken at the Chinese Government’s annual China Development Forum since its inception in 2000. He has testified at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission of the US Congress and lectured to the Board of the US-China Business Council. He is a member of the UK Government’s Asia Task Force. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Copenhagen Business School. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) ‘for services supporting China’s integration into the global economy’. The Financial Times commented: ‘Nolan knows more about Chinese companies and their international competition than anyone else on earth, including in China’.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research-level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of the Chinese economy, including studies of business and economic history. Works of synthesis, reference books and edited collections will also be considered. Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies