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The Ministry of Finance and Chinese Politics

David Bachman
Pacific Affairs
Vol. 62, No. 2 (Summer, 1989), pp. 167-187
DOI: 10.2307/2760577
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2760577
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Abstract

This paper examines the role of the ministry of finance in the Chinese political process. First, it discusses the resources, constraints, and interests of the ministry of finance at the central government level. Second, it focuses on the roles the ministry of finance has played over time in Chinese economic policy making. These include a passive survivalist role; a bureaucratic interest group within three different types of coalitions; as a contender for power; and as a restorer of balance. Third, the roles the ministry plays are related to several broad independent variables, such as the political and economic climates, and the degree of financial centralization and decentralization. These structural variables are more effective in explaining the roles of the ministry than are ministry leadership variables.

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