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Two management models in Chinese municipalities

Dorothy J. Solinger (2013), Social assistance under capitalist, authoritarian rule: Two management models In Chinese municipalities, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Jan. 2014,
Published version from Taylor & Francis Online (restricted access) DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2013.871057. (restricted access)

This study uses a micro set of Chinese city-level data to understand the varying choices taken by municipal officials in their distribution of a minimum livelihood scheme. It explores the variation in the apportionment of allowances offered to disparate types of poor groups in poor versus wealthy cities. The paper argues that in China, where profits, modernisation, competition and globalisation have become significant to leaders at all levels, there is a logic undergirding welfare allocation that has nothing to do with the calculus that spurs its delivery in democracies, and yet that is more nuanced than stylised models of dictatorship/authoritarianism presume. The paper also demonstrates that, where lower echelons of governmental administration have the authority to make rules about the rationing of social assistance, urban finances appear to have an impact upon (or at least to correlate with) administrators’ allocational decisions to groups among the poor. This influence of municipal financial health is exerted directly in the case of poor places, by enticing officials to attempt to save on funds; it also seems to operate indirectly in wealthier municipalities, by disposing richer cities’ authorities to design their urban areas as showcases, in the hope of attracting tourism and foreign investment.

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Round table panel for Marie-Claire Bergère’s new book

chinecapitalismeFor the release of Marie-Claire Bergère’s book (Marie-Claire Bergère, Chine, Le nouveau capitalisme d’état, Paris, Fayard, 2013, 312 p.) a panel presided by Frédéric Obringer (director of the CECMC, CNRS) will bring together, in the presence of the author:

Historian on modern China, of which she has studied the changes for the last forty years, Marie-Claire Bergère returns to the hybrid nature of the Chinese regime. She shows how the reforms launched since 1980 are conducted in an authoritarian manner by an elite whose goal is not to create a capitalist system, but to best use the market resources to develop the wealth of China, strengthen its power and preserve the Party monopoly.

Other publications by Marie-Claire Bergère:

Full text of book reviews in French of  Chine, le nouveau capitalisme d’État by Alain Roux and by Pierre Haski.


Thursay 16 May 2013, 3 p.m. to 5p.m.


Salle du Conseil A  (basement) EHESS, Bâtiment Le France, 190-198 avenue de France, Paris 75013





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