A Network Anatomy of Chinese State-Owned Enterprises
23 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 2017
This Article provides an anatomy of Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) by unpacking their various relations with different types of state organs. It shows that Chinese SOEs are embedded in a network composed of dense and complex links with the state. Shareholding ties, albeit important, are only one of the many relations with the state. This network perspective provides a rather comprehensive overview of the basic architecture of China’s state-owned sector. It illustrates important governance institutions that are unobservable from the laws on the book and distinctive from international standards. It clarifies some SOE behaviors that appear puzzling when taking the individual firm as the unit of analysis. It also raises challenging questions to various areas of law in the globalization context.
Keywords: China, party state, state-owned enterprise, business group, financial institution.
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