Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1990

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Shu-min Huang

Second Advisor

Willis J. Goudy

Abstract

By employing an institutional perspective, this study analyzes industrial reform in the People's Republic of China (PRC), particularly the reform of state-enterprise relations since 1978. By viewing institutional reform as a process of changing rules and procedures governing both state-enterprise relations and micro-economic organizational behavior, the study gives a detailed account of the evolutionary process of the PRC's industrial reform and of the continuities and discontinuities that this reform has involved. Using Kornai's theoretical framework, particularly the concepts of paternalism and soft budget constraints, phenomena seen as symptomatic of the syndromes described by Kornai were analyzed through governmental documents, state-enterprise contracts, and statistical data. This study argues that the emerging mode of governance in China's industrial economy is characterized by what Kornai termed dual dependence. Under such a condition, the PRC's state-enterprise relations are characterized by the persistence of paternalism and soft budget constraints;By using a multilevel analysis statistical technique, this study demonstrates the institutional effects of the state-imposed price structure and argues that, without a decisive change in the ownership system and synchronized price reform, it will be impossible for the PRC to escape the dilemmas of such dependence.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-9205

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Xiao-jia Ge

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9110501

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

176 pages

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