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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 133

Rival Partners

How Taiwanese Entrepreneurs and Guangdong Officials Forged the China Development Model

Wu Jieh-min

Translated by Stacy Mosher

Foreword by Elizabeth J. Perry

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$70.00 • £60.95 • €63.95

ISBN 9780674278226

Publication Date: 12/06/2022


532 pages

6 x 9 inches

2 photos, 23 illus., 1 map, 28 tables

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series


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  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Map
  • Foreword [Elizabeth J. Perry]
  • Preface to the English Edition
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Taishang, China, and the World
    • 1. The Taishang Enigma
    • 2. Exploitation with Chinese Characteristics
    • 3. The Neomercantilist Policy
    • 4. The United States Challenges China’s Industrial Strategy
    • 5. The Taishang Perspective
    • 6. How This Book Is Organized
  • I. Forging the Factory of the World
    • 1. Analytical Focus
    • 2. The March toward Becoming the Factory of the World
    • 3. An Examination of Existing Theoretical Propositions
    • 4. The GVC and Local Growth Alliances
    • 5. Cases, Methods, and Data
  • II. The Origins, Performance, and Evolution of the Guangdong Model
    • 1. One Step Ahead: Opportunity and Risk
    • 2. The Origins of the Guangdong Model
    • 3. Guangdong’s Economic Performance
    • 4. Changing Trends in Guangdong’s Macro Environment
  • III. Taiyang Company, 1979–94
    • 1. A Brief History of Taiyang Company
    • 2. The Business Model at the Taiwan Stage
    • 3. Proceeding to Guangdong: The Shifting of GVCs
    • 4. Faux Joint Ventures and the Head Tax
    • 5. Guanqiang and the Head-Counting Game
    • 6. The 1994 Foreign Exchange Reform
    • 7. Building a New Factory in Nafu Village
    • 8. The Institutional Emergence of the Head Tax
  • IV. Taiyang Company, 1995–2010
    • 1. Nafu Village: The Grassroots Unit of the EOI Growth Model
    • 2. The Second Generation Takes Over
    • 3. Changes in Government–Business Relations
    • 4. The Localization of Cadres and Increasing Social Insurance Fees
    • 5. Closing the Factory
    • 6. The Disappearance of the Head Tax and the Emergence of Social Insurance Fees
  • V. The Migrant Worker Class: Differential Citizenship, Double Exploitation, and the Labor Regime
    • 1. The State Creates the Migrant Worker Class
    • 2. The Figuration of the Migrant Worker Class
    • 3. The Dual Labor Market: The Myth of Low Wages and Overtime
    • 4. Differential Citizenship and Double Exploitation
    • 5. New Urban Protectionism: Discrimination in Education and Social Insurance
    • 6. Reexploring the Labor Regime
  • VI. Taiwanese- and Chinese-Owned Companies under the Transformation of the Guangdong Model
    • 1. State Policy and Changes in Government–Business Relations
    • 2. Smiles Shoes Company: A Taishang Transforms on the Ground
    • 3. Taishin Shoe Manufacturing Group: The Diversified Transformation of a Taiwanese Company
    • 4. The Changing Ecosystems of Taiwanese and Chinese Companies
    • 5. Industrial and Social Upgrading
  • VII. The GVC and the Rent-Seeking Developmental State
    • 1. Changes in the GVC and Reorganization of the Growth Alliances
    • 2. A Theory of the Rent-Seeking Developmental State
    • 3. Comparing the Development Experiences of China and the Rest of East Asia
    • 4. A Preliminary Evaluation of the Semiconductor Industrial Upgrading Blueprint of Made in China 2025
  • Conclusion: Pitfalls and Challenges
    • 1. The Pitfalls of China’s Development
    • 2. The United States Challenges Made in China 2025
    • 3. China and Globalization Theory
  • Glossary
  • Index of Interview Codes
  • Works Cited
  • Index

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