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Contending Approaches and Models for Rationalizing Chinese Public Organizations: The Case of Western China


  • King Chow


  • Laura Luo


This paper reports our field study findings about the efforts of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to rationalize Chinese public organizations. Our focus here is on public organizations in western China. Classifying the development of China into the strategizing, politicizing, and pragmatizing eras, with each era having its unique historical events, reflecting CPC’s basic logic in organization and management and in turn affecting officials’ behavioral tendencies, we examine CPC’s basic political–rational approach and the different rationalization models used in different eras. The contending models had produced mix-results, as most officials are either politically submissive to higher authority, as in the case of western China or, as in eastern region, in transformation, becoming a self-serving hybrid with monopoly of both economic and political powers. Implications are discussed. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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  • King Chow & Laura Luo, 2007. "Contending Approaches and Models for Rationalizing Chinese Public Organizations: The Case of Western China," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 7(1), pages 69-91, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:porgrv:v:7:y:2007:i:1:p:69-91
    DOI: 10.1007/s11115-006-0022-z

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