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Manager Empowerment in China
Political Implications of Rural Industrialisation in the Reform Era


Ray Yep

ISBN 9780415282956
Published May 15, 2003 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Institutional changes in rural China caused by the economic reforms of the post-Mao era have led to a new pattern of state-society interaction in the rural polity. Central to this is the spectacular rise of a group of managerial elites. Contrary to economic predictors, this has been accompanied by the development of an interdependence between these managers and the state. This book provides an analysis of the new state-society relationship and demonstrates the complexity and fluidity involved in institutional development and market transformation.

Table of Contents

Part 1  1. Introduction  2. Implications of Understanding Rural Transformation  3. Defining Key Terms  4. Chinese State Meets Social Scientists  5. Research Focus: State-Manager Relations In Rural China  6. Leaping Forward TVE Development in the 1990s  7. The Analytical Strategy  8. Contextualizing Zibo  8. Key Arguments  9. Structure of the Book  Part 2  10. Continuities and Discontinuities of Rural Transformation  11. Changes in Institutional Setting  12. New Challenges for Rural Governance  13. Development of Rural Enterprises as a Response to Challenges  14. Institutional Legacies of Mao's Economy  15. Zibo on the Eve of Reform  Part 3  16. The Rise of Enterprise Managers in Rural China  17. TVE Managers: Entrepreneurs Without Ownership  18. The Importance of Human Capital  19. TVE Managers on the Road to Political Power  20. Summary  Part 4  21. Where Local Government Still Matters for Business Transaction  22. The Parochialism of TVE Development  23. General Infrastructureal Support of Local Government  24. Securing Capital Supply  25. Business Networking  26. A Different Universe for Key Enterprises  27. Summary  Part 5  28. Accommodating Managers' Autonomy in Enterprise Operation  29. Motivating the Involvement of Local Government  30. Benchmarking Enterprise Performance  31. Allocating Enterprise Resources  32. Control of Staffing Decision  33. Summary  Part 6  34. Evaluating Enterprise Reform: A Local Perspective  35. A Brief Review of Enterprise Reforms in Post-Mao China  36. Indecisiveness of the Central Government  37. Relevance for the Rural Economy  38. Calculations of the Enterprise Managers  Part 7  39. Managers Chasing In: Shareholding Reform in Rural China  40. Shareholding Cooperative System: Background and Development  41. Dividing the Cake: A Balancing Act  42. Reform Intensification the Mid-1990s  43. Summary  Part 8  43. Conclusion  44. History Matters  45. Towards a Synergistic Perspective  46. Vulnerability of Local Collaboration  47. Concluding Remarks

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Dr. Ray Yep is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration at City University Hong Kong.


'Yep's book is an interesting and enlightening study. It is full of fresh and fascinating analysis as well as hard data. It is recommended to the specialist interested in rural political economy in China and in its enterprise reforms.' - China Perspectives

'This book makes a number of valuable contribtuions to the existing literature on rural industrialization and changing state-society relations in post-Mao China. More particularly, it addresses an important but hitherto largely neglected issue in the literature; the spectacular rise in influence of managers of collectively owned township and village enterprises and its consequences for the distribution of political and economic power in rural China.' - The China Journal