Changing Lanes in China: Foreign Direct Investment, Local Governments, and Auto Sector Development

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Januar 2006



The primary purpose of the book is to understand how China has used foreign investment to promote local development. It uses the case studies of five Chinese regions that have joint venture projects in the auto industry. The analysis covers two decades, both before and after Chinese accession to the World Trade Organization, and is based on hundreds of interviews. The auto industry provides a window into the strategies of the global multinationals that seek access to the vast Chinese market - companies such as Volkswagen, General Motors, and Honda.


Part I. Introduction: 1. Local governments, FDI, and industrial development; 2. The view from the center; Part II. Development in a Protected Market: 3. Coordinating development in the auto sector; 4. Shanghai: a local development state; 5. Beijing and Guangzhou: laissez-faire local states; 6. Changchun and Wuhan: firm-dominated localities; Part III. Deepening Global Integration: 7. Global integration and the challenge of upgrading; 8. Growth, change, and the challenge of governance; Part IV. Conclusion: 9. Local institutions in a global economy.


Eric Thun teaches at the University of Oxford, where he is the Peter Moores University Lecturer in Chinese Business Studies at the Said Business School and a Fellow of Brasenose College. He formerly served as Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and was a post-doctoral Fellow at the M.I.T. Industrial Performance Center.


'The book blends real scholarship with practical insights, and is highly readable. It should benefit anyone interested in China - government officials, politicians, businessmen and academics.' Journal of China Quarterly 'This book is a valuable addition to a growing literature on the roles of foreign direct investment (FDI) and local governments (LGs) in China's industrial development. ... A major strength of the book lies in the successful integration of its analytical framework and its case material. ... the book produces interesting new research questions.' The China Journal
EAN: 9780521843829
ISBN: 0521843820
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 326 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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