Grounded on a series of first-hand interviews with Chinese government officials, this book examines China’s accession to the World Trade Organization, providing an ‘inside’ look at Chinese WTO accession negotiations. Presenting a systematic political economy model in analyzing Beijing’s decision-making mechanisms, the book argues that China’s WTO policy making is a state-led, leadership driven, and top-down process. Feng explores how China’s determined political elite partly bypassed and partly restructured a largely reluctant and resistant bureaucracy, under constant pressure from an increasingly globalized international system.
By addressing China’s accession to the WTO from a political analysis perspective, the book provides a theoretically informed and intriguing examination of China’s foreign economic policy making regime. The book highlights contemporary debates relating to state and institutionalist theory and provides new and useful insights into a significant development of this century.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Iron Bloc Inside Out: Theory and Methodology 2. The Road to the WTO 3. Contending Views on the WTO 4. Elite Politics and the WTO Accession 5. Bureaucratic Politics and WTO Accession 6. Foreign Pressures on China’s WTO Accession
'A very fine piece of work.' - Asian Pacific Economic Literature, Volume 20, Issue 2
'Although the book is primarily aimed at political scientists, its subject matter will be of interest to a much broader audience.' - John Ravenhill,The Australian National University