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State rescaling, policy experimentation and path dependency in post-Mao China: a dynamic analytical framework

Lim, Kean Fan

Authors

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



Abstract

This paper evaluates the applicability of the state rescaling framework for framing politico-economic evolution in China. It then presents an analytical framework that examines institutional change as driven by the dynamic entwinement of state rescaling, place-specific policy experimentation and institutional path dependency. The framework problematizes simple ‘transition’ models that portray a mechanistic ‘upward’ or ‘downward’ reconfiguration of regulatory relations after market-like rule was instituted in 1978. It emphasizes, instead, a more established pattern of development marked simultaneously by geographically distinct (and enduring) institutional forms and experimental (and capricious) attempts to transcend them.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Regional Studies
Print ISSN 0034-3404
Electronic ISSN 1360-0591
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 10
APA6 Citation Lim, K. F. (in press). State rescaling, policy experimentation and path dependency in post-Mao China: a dynamic analytical framework. Regional Studies, 51(10), doi:10.1080/00343404.2017.1330539
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2017.1330539
Keywords China; political economy; state rescaling; policy experimentation; path-dependency
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00343404.2017.1330539
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Regional Studies on 26 June 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/00343404.2017.1330539


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