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Title: The county government as an industrial corporation
Authors: Walder, Andrew G.
Keywords: State owned enterprises (SOEs)
County government
Rural development
Rural industrialization
Economic development
Zouping county
Issue Date: 24-Apr-1997
Citation: Forthcoming as Chapter 3 of Zouping in Transition: The Process of Reform in Rural North China (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998).
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in the Social Sciences ; No. 9
Abstract: The officially granted autonomy of administrators and managers in county-owned or state owned enterprises (SOEs) in China is often undercut by the financial and taxation practices of local officials. However, the enterprises in Zouping County that were most closely supervised showed the most rapid growth rates. This paper illustrates and elaborates the counter-intuitive finding: that smaller bureaucracy means a more direct government intervention that has done little to harm firm competitiveness.
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