East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society

November 27, 2012
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December 4 Workshop

East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society Presents

 

“Organizational Clientelism: An Analysis of

Private Entrepreneur Delegates in Chinese Local Legislatures”

 

Presenter: Xin Sun

Ph.D. Candidate, Dept of Political Science

Northwestern University

 

 

4:00-5:30pm, Tuesday

December 4th, 2012

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

 

 

Abstract

    Extant literature on authoritarian legislatures shows that dictators build the quasi-democratic institution to co-opt opposition and attract investors by credibly sharing policy-making power with them. We argue that authoritarian legislatures may also serve as a platform for autocrats to nurture clientelistic ties with social groups useful to their rule. An analysis of the Chinese local private entrepreneur delegates suggests that the Chinese local government uses local legislature to organizationally channel patronage to and induce political support from the private sector. Our field interviews and quantitative studies of a nationwide firm-level survey further reveal that private firms owned by legislative members, while obtain more bank loans, also provide more assistance to the government in forms of funds and services. These findings indicate that authoritarian legislatures, even with weak policy-making efficacy, may still help the authoritarian state build stable political alliance with social groups, therefore contributing to regime resilience.

 

Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Le Lin (lelin2010@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang, Dingxin Zhao and Zheng Michael Song

 

This presentation is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences and Center for East Asian Studies. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinator in advance.

November 13, 2012
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November 20 Workshop

East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society Presents

 

“Performance Legitimacy, State Autonomy and

China’s Economic Development”

 

Presenter: Dingxin Zhao

Professor of Sociology

University of Chicago

  

4:00-5:30pm, Tuesday

November 20, 2012

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

 

Abstract

All the theories that explain post-MaoChina’s economic success tend to attribute it to one or several “successful” policies or institutions of the Chinese government, or to account for the success from economic perspectives. This article argues that the success of the Chinese economy relies not just on the Chinese state’s economic policy but also on its social policies. Moreover,China’s economic success does not merely lie in the effectiveness of any single economic or social policy or institution, but also in the state’s capacity to make a policy shift when it faces the negative unintended consequences of its earlier policies. The Chinese state is compelled to make policy shifts quickly because performance constitutes the primary base of its legitimacy, and the Chinese state is able to make policy shifts because it enjoys a high level of autonomy inherited fromChina’s past.China’s economic development follows no fixed policies and relies on no stable institutions, and there is no Chinese model or “Beijingconsensus” that can be constructed to explain its success.

 

Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Le Lin (lelin2010@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang, Dingxin Zhao and Zheng Michael Song

 

This presentation is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences and Center for East Asian Studies. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinator in advance.

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