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The Role of the State in Making a Market Economy

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  • Victor Nee
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    This paper highlights the crucial role of the state in establishing a market economy, through an analysis of the early stages of market-oriented reforms in China. China followed an evolutionary approach to economic reform that has relied on the preexisting state to oversee the construction of a market economy. Trial-and-error problem solving in the formative stages of market transition led the central state inexorably to oversee institutional changes to establish a modern legal-rational bureaucracy. Although the state remains structurally vulnerable to rent seeking, it gained the organizational capacity to institute and enforce rules critical to the emergence of a hybrid market economy.

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    Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

    Volume (Year): 156 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 64-

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    Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(200003)156:1_64:trotsi_2.0.tx_2-1

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    1. Krug, B. & Hendrischke, H., 2006. "Institution Building and Change in China," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2006-008-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus Uni.
    2. Barbara Krug & Hans Hendrischke, 2012. "Market design in Chinese market places," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 29(3), pages 525-546, September.
    3. Krug, B. & Polos, L., 2000. "The Strawberry Growth Underneath the Nettle: the emergence of entrepreneurs in China," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2000-34-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus Uni.
    4. Wubiao Zhou, 2010. "The role of the state in making a national market: The evolution of the grain market in China (1978-2000)," China Agricultural Economic Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 2(3), pages 276-297, September.
    5. Brousseau, Eric & Schemeil, Yves & Sgard, Jérôme, 2010. "Bargaining on law and bureaucracies: A constitutional theory of development," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(3), pages 253-266, September.
    6. Khor, Niny & Pencavel, John, 2008. "Measuring Income Mobility, Income Inequality, and Social Welfare for Households of the People’s Republic of China," ADB Economics Working Paper Series 145, Asian Development Bank.
    7. Krug, B., 2006. "Enterprise Ground Zero in China," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2006-024-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus Uni.
    8. Krug, B. & Hendrischke, H., 2001. "The Emergence of a Private Business Sector in China," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2001-03-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus Uni.
    9. Krug, B. & Belschak, F.D., 2001. "Combining Commerce and Culture," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2001-84-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus Uni.
    10. Lisa Keister, 2009. "Organizational research on market transition: A sociological approach," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 26(4), pages 719-742, December.
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    12. Krug, B. & Zhu, Z. & Hendrischke, H., 2004. "China’s emerging tax regime: Devolution, fiscal federalism, or tax farming?," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2004-113-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus Uni.
    13. Patrick Hamm & David Stuckler & Lawrence King, 2010. "The Governance Grenade: Mass Privatization, State Capacity and Economic Growth in Post-communist Countries," Working Papers wp222, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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