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SOAS China Institute

From Politics to Business: Corporatization of Party Control in the Chinese State-Owned Enterprise Sector (1998-2009)

IMG - Hon Chan
Professor Hon Chan (City University of Hong Kong)

Date: 2 July 2019Time: 2:30 PM

Finishes: 2 July 2019Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B101

Type of Event: Seminar

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This lecture elaborates how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) corporatized its state-owned enterprise (SOE) sector from 1998 to 2009. It highlights the prospects and the challenges that exist in a corporate governance system that is based on the centrality of the party in China’s political economy. Enterprise nomenklatura is revised to show how Chinese officials developed and carried out the national strategy in modernizing the national economy conducive to the establishment of key (centrally managed) national corporations. Transforming key national corporations from departmentalized into corporatized entities demonstrates CCP’s preoccupation with its authority over key industrial sectors and enterprises. With a well-defined scope and level in cadre personnel management, the mandate was to modernize national corporations under CCP’s political grip and to empower these national corporations to better respond to markets, domestic as well as abroad. In this light, national corporations are instrumental to the revitalization of China’s domestic economy and its global expansion.


Hon Chan is Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Associate Dean (Internationalization and Outreach) of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at City University of Hong Kong. Before this, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Public and Social Administration at City University of Hong Kong from 2005 to 2011. His major teaching and research interests cover Chinese cadre personnel management, performance measurement, civil service reforms, comparative institutional and policy capacity studies and environmental policies. He is a member of the editorial boards of more than ten journals including American Review of Public Administration, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Chinese Public Administration Review, International Journal of Public Administration and Public Performance and Management Review, etc. He has received various grants from the Research Grant Council (Hong Kong), the National Science Foundation of the Executive Yuan (Taiwan), the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government and the Ministry of Education, Singapore Government. He has worked on several international collaboration projects with Yale and Columbia University (United States) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection (PRC).


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Chair: Gary Schwarz (SOAS)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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