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Economic Openness and Territorial Politics in China - Yumin Sheng

Economic Openness and Territorial Politics in China


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Why and how has the Chinese central government so far managed to fend off the centrifugal forces under rising globalization that are predicted to undermine national-level political authority everywhere? When institutionally empowered by centralized governing political parties as in China, national politicians confronting the menace of economic openness will resort to exercising tighter political control over the subnational governments of the 'winner' regions in the global markets. Although its goal is to facilitate revenue extraction, redress domestic economic disparity, and prolong the rule of national leaders, regionally targeted central political control could engender mixed economic consequences. Sheng examines the political response of the Chinese central government, via the ruling Chinese Communist Party, to the territorial challenges of the country's embrace of the world markets, and the impact of the regionally selective exercise of political control on central fiscal extraction and provincial economic growth during the 1978-2005 period.

'Yumin Sheng's book is a welcome addition to the debates on China's political future. He challenges the conventional wisdom that globalization is a threat to central control over local governments in China. Instead, he shows that the Chinese Communist Party's ability to appoint local officials has prevented the decentralization and disintegration of political control. By keeping political power in the hands of compliant agents, the CCP helps ensure its survival. Thoroughly researched and well written, it deserves to be read by all those interested in China's future as well as the impact of globalization.' Bruce Dickson, George Washington University
'Using a sophisticated and rigorous methodological approach, Yumin Sheng incisively disentangles the thorny question about how Beijing has managed to retain control over China's vast state at the same time that economic reforms have loosened its control over China's rapidly growing economy.' Andrew Wedeman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
'Economic Openness and Territorial Politics in China is carefully crafted. It offers much insight into the relationship between Beijing and the provinces at a time of rapid growth with growing inequality and exposure to global markets. Sheng has written a must-read volume on China's political economy and governance.' Dali L. Yang, University of Chicago and Founding Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing
'Whether China's political center can maintain its strong grip over provincial governments and whether, in turn, those provincial governments can maintain their own grip over the people, is an age-old question. With this book, Yumin Sheng has become one of the scholars to whom the world should turn for answers.' The China Journal

List of Tablesp. ix
List of Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xix
The Territorial Politics of Economic Openness in Chinap. 1
Introductionp. 1
The Argumentp. 5
Research Design and Datap. 12
Broader Implicationsp. 15
Précisp. 17
Globalization, Institutions, and Domestic Territorial Politics: A Theoretical Frameworkp. 20
Introductionp. 20
Global Market Integration and Domestic Political Conflictsp. 21
Political Parties and Central Political Controlp. 27
Conclusion 46
Cross-National Datap. 47
Economic Openness and Its Regional Dimensionp. 49
Introductionp. 49
Economic Trends and Government Policiesp. 50
Foreign Economic Liberalization in the Provincesp. 57
Regional Disparity and Discontentp. 65
The Center's Responsesp. 76
Conclusionp. 92
Chinese Economic Datap. 93
Central Political Control via the CCPp. 100
Introductionp. 100
Centralized Single-Party Rulep. 102
Provincial Party Secretaries and Central Political Controlp. 113
Measuring Central Political Controlp. 120
Conclusionp. 136
Chinese Provincial Political Datap. 138
Global Market Integration and Central Political Controlp. 143
Introductionp. 143
Testing the Effect of Economic Globalizationp. 145
Tackling Possible Endogeneityp. 163
Conclusionp. 174
Appointments, Native Sons, and ôSeparately Listed Citiesöp. 175
Consequences for Fiscal Extraction and Economic Growthp. 181
Introductionp. 181
Central Political Control and Fiscal Extractionp. 183
Central Political Control and Provincial Economic Growthp. 195
Testing the Effect of Political Control on Economic Growthp. 202
Conclusionp. 215
Accounting for ôSeparately Listed Citiesöp. 217
Globalization, Single-Party Rule, and China's Transitionsp. 221
Introductinp. 221
Broader Implicationsp. 222
Single-Party Rule and China's Transitionsp. 235
Conclusionp. 243
Referencesp. 245
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780521195386
ISBN-10: 0521195381
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 30th August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.1  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.56