Party Hegemony and Entrepreneurial Power in China

Party Hegemony and Entrepreneurial Power in China : Institutional Change in the Film and Music Industries

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Economic liberalisation processes and the rapid development of the private sector are widely visible signs of over thirty years of reform policies in the People's Republic of China. Nevertheless, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has managed to preserve the basic political institutions of the Leninist Party-state, including its own unrestrained position of political power. Against this background, this book investigates the interrelationship between processes of marketisation and commercialisation, and the stability of the CCP regime.

The aim of the book is to complement existing literature on adaptive governance in China and on the reasons for the CCP regime's relative stability, while providing new information about the relationship between the Chinese party-state and private entrepreneurs. Taking case studies from the film and music industries, the book gives a detailed account of the political and economic history of these industries in China, with special attention given to the role played by private production companies as intermediaries between artistic creation, political and ideological constraints, and the market. A historical institutionalist approach is employed to trace the effect of Chinese policies on popular culture and the institutions of administrative, economic, political and ideological control over the film and music industries back to the 1950s, revealing the mechanisms and prospects of CCP hegemony in the cultural sector.

Examining the effects of the marketisation and commercialisation processes on the communist regime and vice versa, this book also offers a fresh perspective on the origins of today's Chinese popular cultural mainstream. It will therefore be of great interest to students and scholars of Chinese politics, Chinese culture and media and Chinese government-business relations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 22.86mm | 544g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 Line drawings, black and white; 5 Tables, black and white; 7 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138917230
  • 9781138917231

Table of contents

Introduction Part I Chinese cultural policy

Cultural policy in Republican China

Towards mass culture under Mao Zedong

Beyond propaganda in Reform China

Chinese cultural industries
Part II Economic and administrative institutions of control

Nationalisation and the installation of CCP control

The emergence of private production companies

Towards commercialisation with constrained private participation

Piracy and the emerging copyright regime
Part III The censorship and propaganda systems

Formation of modern political censorship and propaganda

Erosion of political-ideological control in the 1980s and 1990s

Institutional renovation with private producers' participation

Mass media control
Part IV Private film and music production companies as agents of change

Group formation

Business associations and collective lobbying

Individual coping strategies, individual lobbying and political embeddedness

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About Elena Meyer-Clement

Elena Meyer-Clement is a research fellow at the German research network "Governance in China" and teaches Chinese politics and society at the University of Tubingen, Germany. Her research focuses on Chinese cultural politics, the private sector, local governance and urbanisation.
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