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‘Emptying the cage, changing the birds’: state rescaling, path-dependency and the politics of economic restructuring in post-crisis Guangdong

Lim, Kean Fan

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Kean Fan Lim keanfan.lim@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This paper evaluates how economic restructuring in Guangdong is entwined with the politicization of state rescaling during and after the global financial crisis of 2008. It shows how a key industrial policy known as ‘double relocation’ generated tensions between the Guangdong government, then led by Party Secretary Wang Yang, and the senior echelon of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. The contestations and negotiations that ensued illustrate the dynamic entwinement between state rescaling and institutional path-dependency: the Wang administration launched this industrial policy in spite of potentially destabilizing effects on the prevailing national structure of capital accumulation. This foregrounds, in turn, the constitutive and constraining effects of established, national-level policies on local, territorially-specific restructuring policies.

Citation

Lim, K. F. (2016). ‘Emptying the cage, changing the birds’: state rescaling, path-dependency and the politics of economic restructuring in post-crisis Guangdong. New Political Economy, 21(4), https://doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2016.1153054

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 4, 2016
Publication Date Mar 15, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 14, 2017
Publicly Available Date Feb 14, 2017
Journal New Political Economy
Print ISSN 1356-3467
Electronic ISSN 1469-9923
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2016.1153054
Keywords State rescaling, Guangdong, Double relocation, Industrial policy, Wang Yang, Institutional path-dependency
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/40574
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13563467.2016.1153054
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in New Political Economy 2016 http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13563467.2016.1153054

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