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The Business of Lobbying in China

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$30.50 • £24.95 • €27.50

ISBN 9780674027442

Publication Date: 03/31/2008


278 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

14 tables, 1 line illustration


  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Tables and Figures
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. Introduction: The Puzzle of Lobbying in China
    • The Puzzle and the Project
    • Alternative Patterns of Government–Business Relations
    • Previous Research: Fulfilling Expectations
    • (Not) Explaining Variation
    • The Consequences
    • The Significance of Economic Factors
    • China as a Critical Case
    • The Research Design
    • Outline of the Book
  • 2. Organizing Business in China
    • Introduction
    • The New Basis for Government–Business Interaction
    • Mapping China’s Association System
    • The Limited Autonomy of Business Associations
    • The Missing Structural Components of Corporatism
    • Pluralism: A Mixed Picture
    • Beyond Clientelism
    • Conclusion: Explaining Variation
  • 3. The Steel Industry: Walking on One Leg
    • Introduction
    • The Economics of Steel
    • The Weakness of China’s Steel Associations
    • The Dominance of Direct Interaction
    • The Gap Between Connections and Clientelism
    • Cartel Calamities
    • Steel Trade Warriors
    • The Exception: Environmental Protection Policy
    • Conclusion
  • 4. Consumer Electronics: Sending Mixed Signals
    • Introduction
    • The Economics of TVs and VCD Players
    • The Uneven Growth of Consumer Electronics Associations
    • Direct Contact: Taking Offense
    • The Price of Competition
    • Fighting Off the Tax Man
    • The Standard of Influence
    • Conclusion
  • 5. Software: Approaching Pluralism
    • Introduction
    • The Economics of Software
    • The Growth of Software Associations
    • Other Signs of Pluralism
    • The “Normalization” of Relationships
    • The VAT: Revaluing the Industry
    • Copyright Protection: Joining the Fight
    • Standards: Erecting and Dismantling Barriers to Entry
    • Conclusion
  • 6. Conclusion: China’s Political Economies
    • Introduction
    • Linking Economics, Interaction, and Influence
    • Chinese Politics: Adapting Models and Integrating Sub-Fields
    • Incremental Democratization?
    • Reform Alternatives: Beyond Liberalization
  • Appendix: Case Selection and Interviews
  • Notes
  • Index

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