Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Political Science

Content Description

1 online resource (viii, 346 pages) : illustrations (some color), color map.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Cheng Chen

Committee Members

Cheng Chen, Erik P Hoffmann, Victor Asal, Holly Sims


China, Institution, Local Government, Marketization, Private Entrepreneurs, Transformation, Marketing, Mixed economy, Entrepreneurship, Local government, Government business enterprises

Subject Categories

International Law | Political Science


The dissertation examines roles and effects of local government and private entrepreneurial class focusing on three localities in China in the course of marketization, based on the assumption that, at the local level in post-Maoist China, transitional paths toward a market-based economy from the planned economy are significantly affected by leading actors such as local governments, private entrepreneurs, or state-owned enterprises; economic development and formation of vibrant local market economy tend to be strongest when led by private entrepreneurs and weakest when led by state-owned enterprises. It especially focuses on formation of private entrepreneurial class and its roles in constructing a local market society. It poses that Wenzhou, among three localities for this research, where private entrepreneurial class was the driving force for local marketization tends to build a vibrant local market society in terms of economic growth and local governance in favor of market economy; Sunan where the local government played a leading role in the local market reform is likely to achieve economic growth, but simultaneously to constrain development of private entrepreneurial class, and eventually to restrain formation of a local market economy based on non-state private economic sector; Anshan where state-owned enterprises sector dominates the local economy substantially contraines both growth of private entrepreneurial class and a local market economy.