The Institutional Dynamics of China's Great Transformation

Edited by Xiaoming Huang

© 2011 – Routledge

256 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book examines the role of institutions in China’s recent large-scale economic, social and political transformation. The book argues that, although the importance of institutions in China’s rapid economic growth and social development over the past 30 years is widely acknowledged, exactly how institutions affect changes in particular national and historical settings is less well understood. Unlike existing literature, it offers perspectives from a variety of disciplines - including law, economics, politics, international relations and communication studies – to consider whether institutions form, evolve and change differently according to their historical or cultural environments and if their utilitarian functions can, and should be, observed, identified and measured in different ways.

The book discusses China’s political and legal institutions; the international institutions with which China engages; institutions promoting science and technology; media companies; and local institutions including the household registration system. It also examines how institutions themselves have been formed, changed and re-formed over recent decades, and suggests theoretical and methodological adjustments in institutional analysis to allow a fuller understanding of the institutional dynamics of China’s transformation.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Institutional Analysis and China’s Transformation: Issues and Concepts - Xiaoming Huang 2. China and International Institutions - Harry Harding 3. Institution Formation, Imitation and Borrowing: Zhongguancun as a Case Study on Mechanisms of Institutional Change - Sheng Hong 4. Science and Technology Institutions and Performance in China: The Semi-Conductor Industry - Keun Lee and Wang Rui 5. Power, Rights and Interests: A Law and Economic Analysis of Urban Housing Demolition and Relocation in China - Yujun Feng 6. China’s Road to a Rechtsstaat: Rule of Law, Constitutional Democracy and Institutional Change - Li Weisen 7. China's Evolving Institutional Exclusion: The Hukou System and Its Transformation - Fei-ling Wang 8. China’s Changing Hukou System: Institutional Objectives, Formal Arrangements and Informal Practices - Jason Young 9. State Capacity, Democratic Principles and Constitutional Order: Modern State-building in Post-Totalitarian Society - Qiang Li 10. Institutional Accumulation and Gradual Substitution: The Dynamics of Developmental Democracy in China - Dingping Guo 11. Propaganda vs. Promotion: The Political Economy of CCTV - Yong He 12. Village Elections and the Institutionalization of Legitimate Authority - C S Bryan Ho 13. Conclusion: The Institutional Dynamics of China’s Transformation: What We Have Learnt? - Xiaoming Huang

About the Editor

Xiaoming Huang is Professor of International Relations at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His recent publications include The Rise and Fall of the East Asian Growth System: Institutional Competitiveness and Rapid Economic Growth (also published by Routledge).

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General