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Dictator’s Growth Curse and China’s Trade Politics

  • Hans H. TungEmail author
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Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)

Abstract

This chapter makes a case for making China’s trade policymaking during the late Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao eras a critical case for examining how economic growth drives a wedge between the dictator and the elite. The case selection is justified not only by the fact that international trade had been one of the main engines of growth for the Chinese economy, but also by the political nature of China’s trade policymaking process during both periods. Under China’s authoritarian institutions, sector-based bureaucrats made choices between rents and promotion according to the dictator’s commitment ability, and the choices reflected the level of the centrifugal effect across different sectors and the feasibility of the dictator’s divide-and-rule strategy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science/Center for Research in Econometric Theory and ApplicationsNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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