Collusion, Local Governments and Development in China

A Reflection on the China Model

  • Huihua Nie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. An Anatomy of the China Model from the Perspective of Collusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Huihua Nie
      Pages 3-22
    3. Huihua Nie
      Pages 55-75
    4. Huihua Nie
      Pages 77-105
  3. The Impact of Collusion and Institutional Environment

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 229-249

About this book


By analyzing the interactions between China’s central government and its local governments and enterprises, this book constructs an analytical framework of government-enterprise collusion, analyzing the impact of collusion within the China model on Chinese society. Against the background of decentralization and under information asymmetry, this text argues that Chinese local governments connive at enterprises’ adoption of a low-cost ‘bad’ mode of production — a ‘stimulus’ for quick growth at the cost of safer working conditions — so as to obtain fiscal or political capital for further promotion. Through an examination of coalmine mortality rate, environmental pollution, food safety and house pricing, the book argues that collusion is the intrinsic drive of the China model. It consider how against a backdrop of political centralization and economic decentralization, collusion exacerbates corruption and impacts both on the country’s social development and on its foreign direct investment. Offering an analysis of future prospects for the China model, it puts forward key policy proposals to improve domestic institutional construction through reform.


Government-enterprise collusion in China Political centralization and economic decentralization in China Collusion and coalmine mortality rate Environmental pollution and food safety in China Corruption and social development in China Economic growth and collusion in Chinese Economy

Authors and affiliations

  • Huihua Nie
    • 1
  1. 1.Renmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-5058-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-5059-6
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