Reforming China's Monopolies

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Peijun Duan

Central Party School

Anthony Saich

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: May 7, 2014


This working paper focuses on an aspect of governance that is crucial to the next phase of China’s development: reducing state monopolies in order to enhance economic efficiency and promote more equitable growth. It is important to note that monopoly control in the Chinese political economy is not simply an economic phenomenon but also a phenomenon deeply embedded in a comprehensive system of power. Monopolies in the economic sphere (resources, prices, markets, and assets) are serious, but they are derived from the legacy of the centrally planned economy. They are also rooted in the traditional structure of Chinese society and its culture. In this paper, we will present a comprehensive examination of the phenomenon of monopoly control in the Chinese system.

Suggested Citation

Duan, Peijun and Saich, Anthony, Reforming China's Monopolies (May 7, 2014). HKS Working Paper No. RWP14-023, Available at SSRN: or

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