‘Emptying the cage, changing the birds’: state rescaling, path-dependency and the politics of economic restructuring in post-crisis Guangdong

Lim, Kean Fan (2016) ‘Emptying the cage, changing the birds’: state rescaling, path-dependency and the politics of economic restructuring in post-crisis Guangdong. New Political Economy, 21 (4). pp. 414-435. ISSN 1469-9923

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Abstract

This paper evaluates how economic restructuring in Guangdong is entwined with the politicization of state rescaling during and after the global financial crisis of 2008. It shows how a key industrial policy known as ‘double relocation’ generated tensions between the Guangdong government, then led by Party Secretary Wang Yang, and the senior echelon of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. The contestations and negotiations that ensued illustrate the dynamic entwinement between state rescaling and institutional path-dependency: the Wang administration launched this industrial policy in spite of potentially destabilizing effects on the prevailing national structure of capital accumulation. This foregrounds, in turn, the constitutive and constraining effects of established, national-level policies on local, territorially-specific restructuring policies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in New Political Economy 2016 http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13563467.2016.1153054
Keywords: State rescaling, Guangdong, Double relocation, Industrial policy, Wang Yang, Institutional path-dependency
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Geography
Identification Number: 10.1080/13563467.2016.1153054
Depositing User: Lim, Kean Fan
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 08:41
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 22:16
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/40574

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