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The Private Sector in Public Office
Selective Property Rights in China

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Author: Yue Hou, University of Pennsylvania
  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108498159

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  • This book addresses the long-standing puzzle of how China's private sector manages to grow without secure property rights, and proposes a new theory of selective property rights to explain this phenomenon. Drawing on rich empirical evidence including in-depth interviews, a unique national survey of private entrepreneurs, two original national audit experiments and secondary sources, Professor Yue Hou shows that private entrepreneurs in China actively seek opportunities within formal institutions to advance their business interests. By securing seats in the local legislatures, entrepreneurs use their political capital to deter local officials from demanding bribes, ad hoc taxes, and other types of informal payments. In doing so they create a system of selective, individualized, and predictable property rights. This system of selective property rights is key to understanding the private sector growth in the absence of the rule of law.

    • Offers a new view to understand China's economic growth and private sector development
    • Draws on rich empirical evidence including interviews, surveys, and field experiments
    • Proposes a novel theory of property rights
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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108498159
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Selective property rights
    3. Private entrepeneurs in legislative office
    4. Motivations to run
    5. Protection from predation
    6. Legislator status and political capital
    7. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Yue Hou, University of Pennsylvania
    Yue Hou is Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include political economy and authoritarian politics, with a regional focus on China. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and Social Science Quarterly, and has been featured in the New York Times and the Boston Review. She also writes articles for Chinese media outlets including the Southern Weekly and Tencent ipress.

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