Centre and Provinces: China 1978-93: Power as Non-Zero-Sum

Hardcover | April 1, 1998

byLinda Chelan Li

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Centre and Provinces: China 1978-93 goes beyond the dominant state capacity paradigm to argue for an interactive model to explain the political relations between the central and provincial governments in contemporary China. The uni-dimensional, centrist perspective of the state capacityparadigm has failed to adequately explain the coexistence of central and provincial power, and to anticipate circumstances of change. In this book a hybrid rational-choice cum institutional approach highlights the mutual power of both the Centre and the provinces. each party, the Centre or theprovinces, imposes structural constraints upon the other. Power is not a zero-sum game. The cases of Shanghai and Guangdong, important resourceful provinces under very different central policy contexts, contrast possible interactions between central policy and provincial choice. Conflicts amidst a context of mutual dependence necessitate compromise on both sides, and qualitativechanges to centreprovince relations as a result may well have long-term implications for wider political processes.

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Centre and Provinces: China 1978-93 goes beyond the dominant state capacity paradigm to argue for an interactive model to explain the political relations between the central and provincial governments in contemporary China. The uni-dimensional, centrist perspective of the state capacityparadigm has failed to adequately explain the coex...

Linda Chelan Li has been Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong since 1995. Previously she has worked as an Executive Officer in the Hong Kong government, and as Legislative Council Advisor / Policy Advisor to various Hong Kong government officials.
Format:HardcoverPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198293615

ISBN - 13:9780198293613

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Introduction1. Towards a non-zero sum analytical framework2. Decline in central control over investment3. Investment in Guangdong: central policy and provincial implementation4. Investment in Shanghai: central policy and provincial implementation5. Discretion and strategies in Guangdong6. Discretion and strategies in Shanghai7. Centre and provinces: interactive processes8. Shifting central provincial relations: emerging trendsAppendix 1 Data collectionAppendix 2 Interview respondentsBibliographyIndex