Forging Reform in China: The Fate of State-Owned Industry

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September 2007



Forging Reform in China explains how and why measures to reform unprofitable state-owned enterprises have not succeeded and how meaningful reform could be achieved.


List of tables and figures; Preface; 1. Introduction: China's ailing state enterprises; Part I. Conceptual Approaches to Post-Socialist Enterprise Reform: 2. Property rights, privatization and the state-owned firm; 3. The nested problems dynamic: an alternative approach; Part II. Enterprise Case Studies: The Commanding Heights in Transition: 4. The living museum of iron and steel technology; 5. King of the red chips: Ma'anshan steel and the debacle of the 'public' SOE in China; 6. Shougang: the rise and fall of an industrial giant; Part III. Reassessing Chinese Patterns of Economic Development: 7. Extending the argument: budget constraints and patterns of growth in China; 8. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


'This is the most sensible and the scariest book on China's economic reforms that you will come across this year ... His theoretical contributions to debate on the role of the state, ownership and regulation in transitional economies are also to be commended for their common-sense empirical grounding and clarity exposition ... This book is required reading for anyone working on Chinese reforms or on reform in transitional economies generally. Even if they do not agree with Steinfeld's conclusions, they will have to address the arguments developed. I found it an enormously impressive and valuable piece of work.' The Times Higher Education Supplement '... Edward Steinfeld, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Business, offers compelling evidence that 'autonomy extended in the absence of functioning governance and hard budgets is a recipe for disaster ... he examines the cases of three large steel companies that epitomise the almighty mess created after managers were given rights without responsibilities'. Wall Street Journal
EAN: 9780521778619
ISBN: 0521778611
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Modern China'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2007
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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