Commodifying Communism: Business, Trust, and Politics in a Chinese City

Commodifying Communism: Business, Trust, and Politics in a Chinese City

by David L. Wank
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521620732

ISBN-13: 9780521620734

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Drawing upon almost two years of ethnographic fieldwork in China, Wank reveals a system in which the state continues to play a significant and central, though transformed role in business. He shows how entrepreneurs running private trading companies in Xiamen (one of China's five Special Economic Zones) in Fujian province must cultivate patron-client networks with…  See more details below

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Drawing upon almost two years of ethnographic fieldwork in China, Wank reveals a system in which the state continues to play a significant and central, though transformed role in business. He shows how entrepreneurs running private trading companies in Xiamen (one of China's five Special Economic Zones) in Fujian province must cultivate patron-client networks with local state agents in order to maximize profit and security. The author examines how processes of opportunity, transactions, contracts, and competition are constrained by both statist and popular institutions in commercial clientelism. He considers the implications of this patron-client network system for China's economic dynamism relative to Eastern European, post-communist economies, and looks at the political consequences for state-society and center-local relations. This book offers a portrait of how private business is conducted in China's emerging "free" market.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521620734
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences Series, #14
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Tables, Figures, and Maps
Introduction3
1Orientation of the Study3
2Institutional Commodification: Concepts and Categories of the Analysis23
IInstituted Processes of Commercial Clientelism
3The Structure of Commercial Opportunity of Xiamen43
4Symbiotic Transactions Between Private Firms and Public Units68
5Enhancing Expectations: The Social Organization of Contracts93
6Entrepreneurial Paths and Capital: Personal Attributes as Competitive Advantage116
IIEconomic and Political Outcomes
7Comparing Economic Performance in China and Eastern Europe153
8The Transformation of Political Order176
9Epilogue: Evolutionary Trends in the 1990s204
App. AGlossary of Chinese Terms and Place Names, with Corresponding Chinese Characters235
App. BFieldwork in Xiamen's Business Community: A Methodological Essay244
Bibliography253
Name Index279
Subject Index283

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